Summarizes recent advances in the understanding of autoimmunity as a cause of endocrine disorders, describes developments related to conditions such as vitiligo and pernicious anemia, reviews animal models of endocrine disease, and discusses the etiology, pathogenesis, and treatment of clinical disorders. Specific subjects include major disorders of thyroid function caused by autoimmunity, and autoimmune disorders of other endocrine tissues. Chapters on particular conditions consider predisposing susceptibility factors, the role of autoantibodies, and pathogenic mechanisms. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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