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September 11, 1991

Diabetes Mellitus: Diagnosis and Treatment

Author Affiliations

University of IllinoisCollege of Medicine at Chicago

University of IllinoisCollege of Medicine at Chicago


by Mayer B. Davidson, 3rd ed, 435 pp, paper $37.50, ISBN 0-443-08718-0, New York, NY, Churchill Livingstone, 1991.

JAMA. 1991;266(10):1423. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03470100115047

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This 435-page, softcover book covers all of the major topics in diabetology, many in a succinct and abbreviated format. The text falls somewhere between a pocket manual and a full-sized hardcover textbook in length, scope, and size. It is physically a little too large to carry around in one's pocket, but not so small as to get lost on a bookshelf.

Of major interest is that it was not written only for physicians. Paramedical personnel such as nurses, dietitians, psychologists, and especially diabetic educators would all benefit from having the book.

Some of the best portions include the concise summaries at the end of each chapter, which can be perused rapidly when the clinical need arises. Numerous up-to-date references are also listed at the end of each chapter. One entire chapter is devoted to patient education, an often neglected or too abbreviated subject even in much larger texts. The same