January 4, 1985

Recent Advances in Diabetes

Author Affiliations

Baystate Medical Center Springfield, Mass


No. 1, edited by Malcolm Nattrass and Julio V. Santiago, 258 pp, with illus, paper, $35, New York, Churchill Livingstone, 1984.

JAMA. 1985;253(1):84-85. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03350250092034

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If one does not like waiting every ten years or so for the next edition of the various textbooks of diabetes to appear, the first volume of a new series entitled Recent Advances in Diabetes is now available. "The volume is intended," the authors point out in the preface, "for physicians with an interest in diabetes." It is a soft-cover book, in which there are 20 chapters comprising 258 pages, written by 35 authors.

This volume can arbitrarily be divided into four main categories. The first section, comprising chapters 1 through 5, pertains to the etiology of diabetes and to the insulin molecule. Genetic, environmental, and immunologic factors are summarized. An erudite chapter on insulin receptors follows, with a detailed discussion of their structure, binding characteristics, and alterations in various disease states, complete with 114 references. The next section deals with fuel metabolism and is superbly written. The enteroinsular axis