This is the fourth edition of this volume, the editors of which have devoted a lifetime to clinical and experimental thyroidology. With the invention of an ever-increasing number of scientific tools uniquely applicable to the study of the thyroid, the understanding of the normal and pathological physiology of the thyroid has grown rapidly since the third edition was published in 1971. The advances made since publication of the third edition have demanded an extensively revised edition.
The book has been essentially rewritten. It has more than 1,000 pages. It is a cohesive presentation of all that is known of thyroid physiology. The editors have assembled 73 contributing authors, each of whom is a recognized authority on a particular facet of the field. There are more than 40 new contributors, who give a somewhat different perspective or a presentation of facts unknown at the time of the publication of the third