October 1967

Diabetes for Diabetics: A Practical Guide.

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By George F. Schmitt, MD, FACP. Price, $5.95. Pp 231. Diabetes Press of America, Inc., 30 SE 8th St, Miami, Fla 33131, 1967.

Am J Dis Child. 1967;114(4):458-459. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1967.02090250156026

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This small book, which is meant for the lay public, packs an extraordinary amount of information into 231 pages. Although much of the material would be of value and meaning to the diabetic and his family, and although a serious effort has been made to put the information into simple, direct language as well as picture form, many areas seem far more suitable for the physician, medical student, or PhD, such as seven stages of the development of diabetes, the 14 steps in the manufacture of insulin, or the protamine content of different insulins. Many of the terms in the seven-page glossary likewise seem needlessly complicated for the average diabetic patient. At the end of each chapter is a list of questions relating to the facts presented therein, an admirable technique to bring out the important points of the chapter. Unfortunately, essential information receives no more emphasis than do minutia,

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