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Book and Media Reviews
May 28, 2008

Levin and O’Neal’s The Diabetic Foot

JAMA. 2008;299(20):2448-2449. doi:10.1001/jama.299.20.2448

The seventh edition of Levin and O’Neal's The Diabetic Foot, by John Bowker and Michael Pfeifer, provides valuable information updated from the last version (2001). The text does not deviate from the original goal stated in the forward, which is “to help decrease the appalling incidence of lower-limb amputations in diabetic persons by gathering, into a single volume, authoritative discussions of the many factors that may lead to loss of the foot in this condition.”

The majority of the authors from the previous version remain, although a few new names were added. The expert authors provide excellent viewpoints from their respective fields, which include endocrinology, orthopedic surgery, podiatry, plastic surgery, dermatology, wound care, vascular surgery, physical therapy, biomechanics, behavioral medicine, neurology, and infectious disease. The authors must be commended on the vast improvement of the format and layout. Although always full of important information, the previous editions were bland and difficult to read. The latest version is printed on a full 8″ × 11″ page, as opposed to the previous versions, which were condensed to a 7″ × 10″ page presentation. The layout uses a generous amount of color charts, illustrations, and graphs, which appear to leap off the page as one glances through the book. Many chapters contain summary charts, such as “Pearls and Pitfalls,” that might be useful to many clinicians attempting to quickly locate desired information. These changes make the new edition a pleasure to read.

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