Foreword : Prof. Ashley Grossman
Endocrinology is a very visual specialty. While as always, a good and detailed history is essential, probably in no other specialization other than perhaps dermatology is the physical appearance of patients more vital in coming to a correct diagnosis. Patients with Cushing’s syndrome and acromegaly, in particular, have languished for years before the diagnosis was suspected and treatment instituted, and in many other areas recognition of clear clinical features are either ignored, missed, or misattributed. In diabetes, many of the changes over time, particularly those due to a variety of complications, require careful clinical inspection and recognition in order to initiate prompt and often life-saving interventions.
Furthermore, both diabetes and endocrinology are increasingly dependent on accurate interpretation importance, that this new volume is focussed on the visualization of all aspects of endocrinology and diabetes, and their complications. Further ore, it is now well accepted in medical education circles, that case-based approaches are an ideal form of learning and revision, aiding the trainee doctor and helping educate even experienced clinicians in sharpening their clinical skills, and so assisting in patient management. It is especially fitting that this dual approach of teaching endocrinology and diabetes by highly visual techniques and case-based studies come from the Christian Medical College in Vellore, as one of the most highly praised and accomplished medical centres in Tamil Nadu, India. With both a stellar national and indeed international reputation, the Departments of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism have put together a beautifully illustrated and highly instructive Color Atlas, assisted by extensive collaboration with many other clinical departments. The illustrations are outstanding, the text is clear and informative, and I suspect many practising physicians will read it as much as for pleasure as for knowledge. I am delighted to introduce this volume to the medical public, and know that it is set to become a standard reference in Endocrinology and Diabetes.
Prof Ashley Grossman FMedSci
Professor of Endocrinology
Oxford Centre for Diabetes
Endocrinology and Metabolism
Radcliffe Dept. of Medicine
University of Oxford, Churchill Hospital
Headington, Oxford, OX3 7LE, UK