September 3, 1982

Clinical Diabetes Mellitus

Author Affiliations

Washington University School of Medicine St Louis


by George P. Kozak, 541 pp, 289 illus, $55, Philadelphia, WB Saunders Co, 1982.

JAMA. 1982;248(9):1112. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330090082045

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New texts on diabetes and new editions of older ones are appearing with increasing frequency. Clinical Diabetes Mellitus, edited by Kozak, joins the group. Its 43 contributing authors comprise a large number of Boston's diabetologists. Despite these many authors, there is only minimal repetition or overlap of information. Better cross-referencing to other chapters would have been helpful. A large number of color plates are dramatic and extremely illustrative. The references are unique in that they refer to suggested reading rather than to specific references.

The book is oriented primarily for the practicing physician. The clinical aspects of treatment are augmented by a large number of appendices, which cover urine testing, home blood glucose monitoring, diet exchange lists, the new insulins, insulin and glucagon administration, and insulin pumps. The book is inclusive and carries the reader through the etiology of diabetes, its natural history, and diagnosis. An algorithmic plan for the