During the last half of century we witnessed not only changes in the definition of hormone, in the conception of
endocrinology and in understanding of mechanisms of hormone action, but also an immense development of technical
tools of endocrine diagnostic and therapy. Endocrinology has had a profound impact on other branches of medicine
with the consequence that the frontiers of classical endocrinology are slowly vanishing. It is time to ask what will be
the future demands of patients and whether there will be appropriate number of specialists in endocrinology in the
near future. Besides the present type of care of the patients with endocrinopathies it is necessary to envision a new
type of patient requesting „comfort therapy“, as e.g. improvement of signs of aging, declining sexuality, or body
height or weight.
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