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Book and Media Reviews
August 11, 2010

Diabetes and the Brain

JAMA. 2010;304(6):691. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1128

In Diabetes and the Brain, coeditors Geert Biessels and José Luchsinger have organized and delivered a compelling review of a variety of ways in which diabetes affects the brain. In the past, this subject has not received major attention in the literature. Accordingly, this new book is a welcome addition. It begins with a basic primer, designed primarily for neurologists, on type 1 and type 2 diabetes. This is followed by a discussion, for nonneurologists, of stroke and dementia. This approach sets the stage nicely for the chapters that follow. Acute cerebral disturbances and long-term cerebral complications in diabetes are covered, as are models of the pathophysiology of diabetic encephalopathy. Diabetes and depression is reviewed, and cognitive disturbances in children and adolescents are well discussed.

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