• Anthony W. Norman, University of California, Riverside, USA
  • Gerald Litwack, Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, USA

The newly revised and updated Hormones, Second Edition provides a comprehensive treatment of human hormones, viewed in light of modern theories of hormone action and in the context of current understanding of subcellular and cellular architecture and classical organ physiology. Each chapter presents a physiological description of the hormone system under consideration, followed by a listing of the mode-of-action of the hormone. This book includes significant advances in the molecular biology of receptors, hormones, and studies of hormone action that have transpired over the past five years. The text updates the material on enzymes related to steroid metabolism and new hormone systems, as well as providing a new chapter on hormones and cancer.
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Students and researchers in endocrinology, molecular biology, physiology, pharmacology, neurosciences, and first-year medical students.


Book information

  • Published: September 1997
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-521441-4


"This book is an extraordinary textbook describing the biochemistry, physiology, cell biology, and molecular biology of hormones... The book is written primarily for graduate students in biochemistry and first year medical students of endocrinology, but it will be invaluable to clinicians wishing to understand the pathogenesis of endocrine disorders as well as researchers in the field of endocrinology... [The book displays] uniform style and consistently high quality and clarity among chapters with no repetition of material... This second edition comes 11 years after the first edition and is as up-to-date as textbooks can get. I would recommend the use of this textbook in all medical school courses in endocrinology and it should at least be available on the bookshelves of all medical school libraries, clinicians, and researchers of hormones."
Praise for the Second Edition, --Roy E. Weiss, MD, PhD, University of Chicago Medical Center, for DOODY'S PUBLISHING REVIEWS

"An invaluable single-volume summary of most that is known of hormones... This is an outstanding book, highly recommended."

Table of Contents

General Considerations of Hormones.Steroid Hormones: Chemistry, Biosynthesis, and Metabolism.Hypothalamic Releasing Hormones.Posterior Pituitary Hormones.Anterior Pituitary Hormones.Thyroid Hormones.Pancreatic Hormones: Insulin and Glucagon.Gastrointestinal Hormones.Calcium-Regulating Hormones: Vitamin D, Parathyroid Hormone, Calcitonin.Adrenal Corticoids.Hormones of the Adrenal Medulla.Androgens.Estrogens and Progestins.Hormones of Pregnancy and Lactation.Hormones Related to the Kidney and Cardiovascular System.Prostaglandins.Thymus Hormones.Pineal Hormones.Cell Growth Factors.Hormones and Cancer.Appendices.