Hormones, analogues and antagonists

These hormones, analogues (agonists) and antagonists can be used:

• to analyse the functional integrity of endocrine control systems

• as replacement in hormone deficiency states

• to modify malfunction of endocrine systems

• to alter normal function where this is inconvenient, e.g. contraception.

The scope of the specialist endocrinologist continues to increase in amount and in complexity and only an outline is appropriate here.

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