Textbook of Endocrine Physiology (6th edition)

ISBN : 9780199744121

William J. Kovacs; Sergio R. Ojeda
480 Pages
156 x 233 mm
Pub date
Feb 2012
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The sixth edition of this highly popular text retains its comprehensive coverage of endocrine basics from previous editions while featuring entirely new chapters on several topics, including the assessment of endocrine function, sexual differentiation, growth regulation, the thyroid, the adrenals, and calcium homeostasis. Chapters have been updated and reorganized to make information easily accessible in concise form, and new figures and tables have been added to enhance the presentation of complex concepts. Fundamental principles of endocrine physiology are reinforced with illustrative examples from clinical observation and the limitations of current knowledge are properly identified. The ideal resource for students entering the field, the Textbook of Endocrine Physiology aims to provide for all a solid basis in fundamentals of endocrinology and for some, inspiration for the pursuit of advanced medical or graduate studies in the field.


1. Organization of the Endocrine System
2. Genes and Hormones
3. Mechanisms of Hormone Action
4. Assessment of Endocrine Function
5. The Anterior Pituitary and Hypothalamus
6. The Posterior Pituitary and Water Metabolism
7. Sexual Differentiation
8. Female Reproductive Function
9. Male Reproductive Function
10. Fertilization, Implantation, and Endocrinology of Pregnancy
11. Growth Regulation
12. The Thyroid
13. The Adrenal Glands
14. Calcium Homeostasis
15. Glucose, Lipid, and Protein Metabolism

About the author: 

William J. Kovacs is Professor of Medicine at The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Sergio R. Ojeda is Senior Scientist and Head of the Division of Neuroscience at Oregon Regional Primate Research Center, Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon.

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