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The Endocrine System at a Glance


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Part 1 Fundamentals. 1. Introduction. 2. Chemical transmission. 3. Mechanisms of hormone action: I Membrane receptors. 4. Mechanisms of hormone action: II Intracellular receptors. 5. The hypothalamus and pituitary gland. 6. Gonadotrophin-releasing hormone: a peptide hormone. 7. Principles of feedback control. Part 2 Growth. 8. Growth: I Cellular growth factors. 9. Growth: II Normal growth. 10. Growth: III Growth hormone. 11. Growth: IV Pathophysiology. Part 3 Thyroid. 12. Thyroid: I Thyroid gland and thyroid hormones. 13. Thyroid: II Thyroid hormone secretion and action. 14. Thyroid: III Thyroid pathophysiology. Part 4 Adrenals and autoimmunity. 15. Adrenal gland: I Adrenal medulla. 16. Adrenal gland: II Adrenocortical hormones. 17. Adrenal gland: III Adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH). 18. Adrenal gland: IV Cortisol and androgens. 19. Adrenal gland: V Aldosterone. 20. Adrenal gland: VI Pathophysiology. 21. Endocrine autoimmunity. Part 5 Sexual differentiation and development. 22. Sexual differentiation and development: I Introduction. 23. Sexual differentiation and development: II Puberty. Part 6 Female reproduction. 24. Female reproduction: I Menstrual cycle. 25. Female reproduction: II Ovarian steroids. 26. Female reproduction: III Pregnancy. 27. Female reproduction: IV Parturition and lactation. 28. Female reproduction: V Pathophysiology. 29. Female reproduction: VI Contraception. Part 7 Male reproduction. 30. Male reproduction: I The testis. 31. Male reproduction: II Actions of androgens. 32. Male reproduction: III Pathophysiology. Part 8 Posterior pituitary hormones, salt and water balance and hypertension. 33. Oxytocin. 34. Vasopressin. 35. Renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system. 36. Endocrine hypertension. Part 9 Metabolic endocrinology: Pancreas and gastrointestinal tract. 37. Insulin: I The pancreas and insulin secretion. 38. Insulin: II Insulin action. 39. Insulin: III Type I diabetes mellitus. 40. Insulin: IV Type 2 diabetes mellitus. 41. Glucagon. 42. Gastrointestinal hormones. Part 10 Metabolic endocrinology: Energy homoeostasis and obesity. 43. Energy homoeostasis: I Summary. 44. Energy homoeostasis: II Central control. 45. Obesity: I Causes of obesity. 46. Obesity: II Cardiovascular and respiratory complications. 47. Obesity: III Insulin resistance and endocrine complications. Part 11 Calcium and metabolic bone disease. 48. Calcium: I Parathyroid hormone (PTH). 49. Calcium: II Calcitonin. 50. Calcium: III Vitamin D. 51. Bone remodelling. 52. Metabolic bone disease: I Paget's disease. 53. Metabolic bone disease: II Primary osteoporosis. 54. Metabolic bone disease: III Secondary osteoporosis. Glossary. Index

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Ben Greenstein, Senior Visiting Research Fellow, School of Biological Sciences, Open University, Milton Keynes, UK Diana Wood, Director of Medical Education & Clinical Dean, University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, Clinical School, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, UK


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