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July 27, 1929

A Patient's Manual OF Diabetes.

JAMA. 1929;93(4):324. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02710040076035

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This manual, according to its author, differs from preceding ones in that it "is written with both eyes upon the patient." As far as the reviewer can discover it differs only slightly from a dozen other similar books. It has the classic formula of scales, weights and measures, the classic and outworn comparison of the complex human engine. Scarcely a word is mentioned of the well known influence of emotional factors on blood sugar or on the urinary output. The English diction seems a bit difficult for the patient with diabetes, supposedly untrained in the jargon of metabolism. One gets an impression that the motif of this latest opus for the patient is optimism: if the diabetic patient only will follow the dictates of such an essay, treatment and an easy life follow. Maybe that is so!

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