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The molecular era ushered in the cloning of the growth hormone (GH) gene and the production of unlimited amounts of GH through recombinant techlogy. The continuing momentum of research from basic science to clinical evaluation has brought unprecedented advances to the understanding of GH biology for the clinical endocrilogist. Growth Hormone Related Diseases and Therapy: A Molecular and Physiological Perspective for the Clinician distills all the new information of relevance to the endocrilogist over the last 20 years by offering five sections: physiology, molecular genetics, GH deficiency, acromegaly and pharmacotherapy. The first section on physiology focuses on GH action. A review on the structure and function of the GH receptor is followed by a perspective on the regulatory role of ghrelin on GH secretion. The second section on genetics covers pituitary function and ademas, including new and fascinating information on familial pituitary ademas, their getype and phetype. The adult GH deficiency section spans the epidemiology and diagsis of GH deficiency with a strong reminder for the clinician that the transition period represents a critical time of somatic maturation, which continues for years after cessation of liner growth. The section on acromegaly focuses on management, giving practical guides to the value of GH and IGF-1 measurements, the place of somatostatin analogues and of radiotherapy while reminding the reader as to why evaluating quality of life is an important part of management. Finally, the section on GH pharmacology takes the reader through invative developments of long-acting GH formulations with some products on the threshold of clinical use. This section provides a balanced evidence based review of the effects of GH supplementation in aging and in sports where recent data indicates an enhancing effect on a selective aspect of performance. Growth Hormone Related Diseases and Therapy: A Molecular and Physiological Perspective for the Clinician integrates a wealth of information and will prove an invaluable reference for pediatric endocrilogists, adult endocrilogists, endocrine scientists and internists interested in the human biology of GH.