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May 15, 2002

Diabetes IssuesDifficult Diabetes

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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edited by Geoffrey V. Gill, John C. Pickup, and Gareth Williams, 308 pp, with illus, $139.95, ISBN 0-632-05324-0, Malden, Mass, Blackwell Science, 2001.

JAMA. 2002;287(19):2588. doi:10.1001/jama.287.19.2588-JBK0515-2-1

Difficult Diabetes, a hardback book edited by distinguished British physicians, does not imply simply that caring for diabetic patients can be difficult. Rather, it could have been entitled "Controversies in the Care of the Diabetic Patient," for it is a timely book about controversial issues in diabetic management.

In this era of evidence-based medicine, the authors, the majority of whom are from the United Kingdom, ask "What's the evidence" for diagnosing and treating diabetics in 2002? The editors' position is "to encourage debate rather than to deliver information passively." They have succeeded. Indeed, each chapter begins with a question such as "Do we know how to diagnose diabetes . . . ?" "Should obese type II diabetic patients be treated with insulin?" "Is insulin pump treatment justifiable?" and "Should there be driving and employment restrictions for people with diabetes?"

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