February 1, 1980

You Can't Catch Diabetes From a Friend

Author Affiliations

Wyler Children's Hospital University of Chicago Medical Center


by Lynne Kipnis and Susan Adler, 64 pp, with photographs by Richard Benkof, $9.95, Gainesville, Fla, Triad Scientific Publishers, 1979.

JAMA. 1980;243(5):469. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03300310057027

This attractive book, written for children, is intended to increase understanding of diabetes. Both technical and psychosocial concepts are related through dialogues and photographic stories about four children. Karen talks to her brother about giving herself an insulin injection. Danny and his schoolmates discuss the type of food that a diabetic child can eat to maintain health. Colleen has been recording falsely low levels for urine sugar at home so as not to overly excite her parents. Robert experiences an insulin reaction during a day of doing yard work for neighbors. These episodes gracefully include other examples of problems in adjusting that diabetic children may have.

The photographs of these children engaged in real activities of daily life are outstanding. They are not only esthetically pleasing, lively, and honest but also explain certain aspects of diabetes that are almost impossible to show in any other way. The sequence illustrating development