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December 2, 1933

The Diagnosis and Treatment of Diabetes and the Use of High Carbohydrate Diets.

JAMA. 1933;101(23):1825. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740480057038

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This gives the shortest and simplest possible exposition of the diagnosis and treatment of diabetes mellitus. Although it is intended primarily for the physician, the almost complete absence of technical terms and the elementary nature of the theoretical references make the volume suitable for the well informed layman. The book is particularly designed to meet the conditions of medical practice in Australia, and the dietary instructions are based on the energy requirements and food materials indigenous to that continent. The diets advised by the authors are presented in a series of weighed daily diets of ascending caloric value, in which the food materials may be varied by the use of substitution tables. All diets are moderately high in carbohydrate, the fatty acid: dextrose ratio being 0.75: 1 throughout. As in all similar dietary systems, flexibility for individual requirements is sacrificed to simplicity.

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