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August 28, 1981

Diabetic Renal-Retinal Syndrome

Author Affiliations

Wadsworth Veterans Administration Hospital University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine

JAMA. 1981;246(9):1025. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03320090071039

The care of the diabetic patient who is losing vision and renal function is a challenging and frustrating experience for the physician. Unfortunately, both crises often accompany one another. Their impact in the natural history of diabetes has overwhelming consequences for the patient and family. Diabetic Renal-Retinal Syndrome is a compilation of much basic and clinical information about the visual and renal disease associated with diabetes, from the proceedings of a conference held Nov 12 to 13, 1979, in Brooklyn, NY.

The 36 chapters range from a few pages to more than 20 pages. Authors include ophthalmologists, nephrologists, surgeons, and a diabetologist. Work presented includes reviews of established information and clinical approaches, seedling studies, and speculations.

The general areas covered are the problem of diabetes and its epidemiology and natural history, the pathology of the renal and retinal lesions, treatment modalities, and transplantation of kidney and pancreas. The book's strengths