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Book Reviews
December 1938

A Diabetic Primer for Children.

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By Alfred E. Fischer, M.D. Second edition. Price, 75 cents. Pp. 55, with no illustrations. New York: Alfred E. Fischer, M.D., 1938.

Am J Dis Child. 1938;56(6):1393. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1938.01980180207021

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This book aims to give the diabetic child an understanding of his condition, of the place of insulin in treatment and of his food requirements. Many lists of foods are given, with the carbohydrate, the fat and the protein percentages. There is also a discussion of reactions to insulin and of coma.

The book is well written and should be easily understood by any child of high school age, although in my opinion too much attention is given to detail, with insufficient stress on a fundamental understanding of when to expect, how to detect and how to treat diabetic acidosis.

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