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KIRKUS REVIEW

A flimsy rundown on various hormones and their functions: ""simple"" ones which stimulate digestive juices, uterine contractions, or the ""fight-fright-flight"" reaction; thyroid hormones and their feedback relationship with the pituitary; sex hormones (""the razzle-dazzle superstars"") acting within more complex feedback systems; insulin and its role in diabetes. Nourse briefly mentions the role of hormones in cancer, and he makes clear that hormone function and interaction are highly complicated and that we don't yet know the whole story--but the Silversteins' Endochrine System (1971) did a better job of explaining what we do know.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1979
Publisher: Watts