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February 12, 1938

The Diabetic A B C: A Practical Book for Patients and Nurses

JAMA. 1938;110(7):534-535. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790070058035

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This edition aims to give out information about the author's diet schemes, particularly the line ration diet, and to explain the new treatment necessitated by the use of the slow-acting insulin compounds, the protamine insulins. In fact, the manual contains what the author would like to teach every patient if he had enough time—what diabetes is and how it is treated. The intention of the author is on the whole well achieved and if there is any quarrel with details in the book it may be with the disproportionate emphasis placed on the use of artificial, prepared foods. It is possible that the prevalent English practice in diabetes justifies the elaboration of diets involving the artificial prepared foods, but in America, where the use of higher carbohydrate diets is so general, the use of such foods has been minimized. The line ration scheme of figuring the diet in diabetes is

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