The problem with modern endocrinology

Jeffrey D Zajac
Med J Aust 2016; 205 (4): . || doi: 10.5694/mja16.00718
Published online: 15 August 2016

Improved doctor–patient communications and more research are necessary

The problem with endocrinology is that patients and doctors sometimes talk a different language. This is because there are many areas of uncertainty. How aggressively should the management of diabetes or osteoporosis be pursued? Should borderline thyroid function tests or testosterone be treated? What is the best diet for a patient with type 2 diabetes?

  • 1 Austin Hospital, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2 Guest Editor (MJA Endocrinology issue)


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