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June 22, 1935

A Diabetic Guide Written Primarily for the Doctor's Patient and with Suggestions to the Doctor for Assisting Him

JAMA. 1935;104(25):2292. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760250070034

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The problem of successfully treating diabetes primarily involves teaching the patient to care for himself. The help of the physician is indispensable at times of emergencies, if and when these arise, but the patient must learn the day to day management if he is to do as well as he ought to do. The numerous manuals, primers and guides that have appeared in recent years bear witness to the general acceptance of this principle. Dr. Massengill in preparing his guide has followed the general plan of earlier books of this nature, covering the material in a manner that is readily intelligible to the layman. Food tables and recipes are included. A chapter is taken up with brief notes on various complications of diabetes, and such subjects as marriage, sleep, tobacco and vacations. The author adheres to the diet plan advocated by those who believe in moderate restriction of carbohydrate and

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