June 1964

The Psychological Aspects of Diabetes or How to Live in Emotional Balance With Diabetes

Author Affiliations

By Harold Geist, PhD, Consulting Psychologist. Price, $4.75. Pp 81. Charles C Thomas, 301-327 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, Ill 62703, 1964.

Am J Dis Child. 1964;107(6):659. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1964.02080060661021

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The strength of this book is in its kindly, humanistic approach. The author is convincing, through consistently clear explanations, that comprehensive study and treatment of diabetic patients should include a sensitivity and appreciation of their emotional responses to their illness. The reader can understand from this book that the total clinical picture of the diabetic is formed from interacting psychic and metabolic systems.

I would estimate that the book was written for physicians, nurses, or others on the therapeutic team who have not previously been interested in the emotional problems of the diabetic. The book is best as an introduction for those who have only recently become aware of the advantage of understanding diabetes in the context of the patient's personal problems. The book might also be suitable for some patients, not as a substitute for treatment of the patient as a person but for the curious, intellectually interested patient

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