Current Topics in Experimental Endocrinology, Volume 1 provides a review on experimental endocrinology. The book discusses the basic concepts of saturation analysis techniques; the concept of how steroid hormones might influence the differentiation of certain brain structures instrumental in the control of gonadotropin secretion; and trends in the physiology of the posterior pituitary. The text also describes role of thymosin and other thymic factors in the development, maturation, and functions of lymphoid tissue; the chemistry and comparative chemistry of calcitonin, factors affecting its secretion and metabolic degradation, and the results of its preliminary therapeutic application in the complex situation of disordered bone metabolism found in Paget's disease. The chemical nature and the importance of the long-acting thyroid stimulator; the endocrinological implications of prostaglandins; and effects of ovarian hormones at the subcellular level are also encompassed. Endocrinologists and students taking related courses will find the book invaluable.