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March 4, 1968

Diabetes Mellitus: Diagnosis and Treatment

JAMA. 1968;203(10):897. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140100079037

Having 42 brief chapters by 47 contributors, this compact book on diabetes may well presage the ultimate, when pages, even paragraphs, are doled out one to an author. The multiplicity causes inevitable overlap, style variation, and disproportionate allotments to various facets of the subject. The four miniscule chapters on diagnostic tests could well be merged, while the meaty introductory chapters on pathophysiology and recent research would benefit from expansion.

The 42 accounts are grouped into eight sections. The absorbing "Introduction," comprising chapters on pathophysiology, research, epidemiology, genetics, and vascular disease, sets the tone for the rest of the book, which is neither esoteric nor folksy, but essentially middlebrow, aimed at the clinician who is interested in basic mechanisms as well as practical management. "Emergencies" comprises, in addition to the classical ketoacidosis and hypoglycemia, the less familiar hyperosmolar hyperglycemic coma and lactic acidosis. The three "problem" sections, discussing various problems and