Physicians caring for their patients often need immediate access to information on disease manifestations, testing procedures, diagnostic criteria, and the very latest information on therapy. With a moment of leisure the physician may also wish to read in detail about the disease physiology, differential diagnosis, and genetic diagnosis, if available. Traditionally this material came from a textbook. Numerous excellent books are available, and they will continue to be cornerstones in physician education. But some printed texts are outdated, expensive, often unavailable, and can not be easily updated. Currently nearly every well-trained physician has a computer on his desk, hooked to the Internet, and increasingly he/she looks to the Web for patient care information. The Web is instantly available, can be accessed without charge, and can provide fully-documented, current, reliable, medical information – crucial in practice – within seconds. However the Web is inundated with medical information that is unreliable or biased. Thus if MDs are to depend on a Web-site, it must demonstrate the highest standards of integrity and reliability, by having highly respected editors and authors, independence of operation, and thorough review of all published material.

Our goal in developing ENDOTEXT.COM is to make needed information on endocrine disease immediately accessible to practicing physicians and trainees. We concentrate on clinical disease, its diagnosis and treatment. Our site can not be all inclusive, and for additional material not found in this clinically related site we refer our readers to outstanding texts such as the recently published ENDOCRINOLOGY, EDITION IV.

All of the editors and authors of our site are recognized authorities in their fields, and all material is reviewed in detail before presentation on the Web. All material presents the knowledge and opinions of the authors and editors, and is specifically intended to be free from bias toward any commercial product.