April 1965

Handbook for the Young Diabetic.

Author Affiliations

By Alfred E. Fischer, MD, and Dorothea L. Horstmann. Price, $3.75. Pp 72. Intercontinental Medical Book Corporation, 381 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10016, 1964.

Am J Dis Child. 1965;109(4):379. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1965.02090020381028

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This small handbook presents numerous helpful tips for newly diagnosed diabetic children and makes a commendable effort to start the patient with healthy positive attitudes towards his disease. In an attempt to cover many exigencies which the individual diabetic may or may not meet, the booklet may cause some confusion in the minds of the child who already is having to learn much under the emotion-packed tension of his recently made diagnosis. Of greater concern to this reviewer is the fact that the manual conveys the impression that dire consequences will occur if the patient were to have significant amounts of glucosuria and that acetonuria and ketosis may result from dietary indiscretion. The handbook could be of aid to the physician who, not seeing many diabetics, needs to be reminded of points to be reviewed in counselling a new diabetic, but discretion will be required in selecting which material to

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