By Zolton T. Wirtschafter, M.D., and Morton Korenberg, M.D. Price, $2.50. Pp. 186, with 9 illustrations and 3 tables. Baltimore: The Williams & Wilkins Company, 1942.
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"Diabetes Mellitus" by Wirtschafter and Korenberg brings many important references up to date. All writers on the subject of diabetes should be encouraged. This is not recommended as a reference book to guide medical students or physicians in the practical handling of problems involved in the treatment of diabetes.
A lack of therapeutic experience on the part of the authors must account for the management of diabetic coma described. If this management were followed to the letter, the mortality of diabetic coma would be nearly that of the preinsulin era. Vitamins rather than adequate doses of insulin are advocated by the authors. That diabetic coma is primarily a state of insulin insufficiency is completely overlooked.
The fact that the most recent physiologic experiments in low carbohydrate diet are interpreted to favor regeneration of the islet tissue has been overlooked, and such diets are described by the authors as diabetogenic. The
Diabetes Mellitus.. Am J Dis Child. 1942;64(2):400. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1942.02010080194018