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BOOK REVIEW
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 136  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 1065

Diagnostics of endocrine function in children and adolescents


Department of Endocrinology, Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rae Bareli Road Lucknow 226 014, India

Date of Web Publication4-Feb-2013

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Vijaylakshmi Bhatia
Department of Endocrinology, Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rae Bareli Road Lucknow 226 014
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Bhatia V. Diagnostics of endocrine function in children and adolescents. Indian J Med Res 2012;136:1065

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Bhatia V. Diagnostics of endocrine function in children and adolescents. Indian J Med Res [serial online] 2012 [cited 2019 Nov 21];136:1065. Available from: http://www.ijmr.org.in/text.asp?2012/136/6/1065/106944

Diagnostics of endocrine function in children and adolescents , 4 th revised and extended edition, M.B. Ranke, P.-E. Mullis, editors (S. Kargar, Basel, Switzerland) 2011. 535 pages.

ISBN 978-8055-9414-1

The popularity of this publication is evident by the fact that this is the 4 th edition since 1992. A major reason for its relevance and popularity is that endocrinology is not a major component of a general paediatrics teaching curriculum. At the same time, endocrine testing often involves knowledge not just of the names of hormones, but of numerous prerequisites and pitfalls in the conduct and interpretation of these tests. As a result, the paediatrician is often not well equipped and such a book forms a valuable resource for teachers, students and practitioners of paediatrics, paediatric endocrinology and endocrinology, physiology, and adolescent gynaecology, among others. In addition to chapters devoted to each of the endocrine systems related to paediatric endocrinology, there are also chapters related to laboratory techniques and assay validation, molecular genetic diagnosis in endocrine disorders and radiological and radionuclide evaluation. The new chapters in this 4 th edition are devoted to bone densitometry, and bone metabolite and body composition analysis. There are flow charts highlighting the approach to common paediatric endocrinology clinical presentations, including metabolic emergencies such as hypocalcemia, hyponatremia, polyuria and hypoglycemia in the neonate and older child. However, this is not a book with just a collection of flow charts and testing protocols. The physiology and pathophysiology of each system are discussed in great detail. Exhaustive lists of references are given supporting various methodologies and normal values.

The authors of all chapters are stalwarts in their respective fields from UK and Europe. Overall, the book reflects experience and perspective, and is highly recommended for paediatricians and paediatric endocrinologists.




 

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