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October 28, 1944

Simplified Diabetic Management

JAMA. 1944;126(9):602. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850440074030

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As a manual for the diabetic patient, this volume covers the ground thoroughly and in a manner both concise and clear. The present edition is somewhat revised, notably by the addition of a section on the newer insulin preparations with prolonged action. The inclusion of crystalline insulin among the latter is a rather surprising lapse in an otherwise accurate presentation. The authors present two systems of diet calculation, the unit method and the percentage method. Both are clearly and simply explained and accompanied by the appropriate tables of food values. However, it is apparent that the authors have abandoned their earlier use of the diet prescription chart based on the "line-ration schemes" of Lawrence and of Christian and O'Hara. In view of this it is rather strange that, although all reference to it has been removed from the text, the chart is still included in the volume and is still

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