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July 23, 1997

Diabetes Mellitus: A Fundamental and Clinical Text

Author Affiliations

Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases Center Newark, Del

 

, edited by Derek LeRoith, Simeon I. Taylor, and Jerrold M. Olefsky, 876 pp, with illus, $199, ISBN 0-397-51456-5, Philadelphia, Pa, Lippincott-Raven, 1996.

JAMA. 1997;278(4):341. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03550040097048

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Abstract

Another diabetes text? Is there something else to know besides controlling blood sugars?

According to Mayer B. Davidson, president-elect of the American Diabetes Association, 16 million Americans have diabetes mellitus. It is the most expensive disease in the Western world and the fourth leading cause of death by disease in the United States. The annual cost to the American public is $92 billion dollars, exceeding $11 000 per patient. Diabetes is the leading cause of adult blindness, kidney disease requiring dialysis, and nontraumatic amputations and is a major contributor to heart disease and stroke. Diabetes is among the "big four" for managed care organizations, the others being asthma, prenatal care, and psychiatric disorders. All four are relatively inexpensive when well managed, extraordinarily expensive when out of control. But do we need a new textbook on diabetes?

Diabetes Mellitus, edited by LeRoith, Taylor, and Olefsky, takes a uniquely integrated approach. In

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