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February 1976

Carbohydrate Metabolism in Pregnancy and the Newborn

Author Affiliations

Pediatric Metabolism and Nutrition Rhode Island Hospital 593 Eddy St Providence, RI 02902


by Hamish W. Sutherland and John M. Stowers, 252 pp, $28, Churchill Livingstone, 1975.

Am J Dis Child. 1976;130(2):220-221. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1976.02120030110025

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This 252-page volume reports on the Proceedings of an International Colloquium on Carbohydrate Metabolism in Pregnancy and the Newborn held in Aberdeen, Scotland, in July 1973. The preface notes the colloquium's origin to have been the Diabetic Pregnancy Study Group of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes. In fact, there were only 15 participants from six nations. The scope of the presentations were highly variable; although most included personal studies, not all presented in-depth reviews of contributions by others.

The predominate theme seems to be concerned more with glucose tolerance in pregnancy, than with diabetes and pregnancy. Thus, Hadden reviews "Glucose Tolerance Tests in Pregnancy," including a detailed review of oral and intravenously administered tolerance tests. He concludes that "provided proper standards are applied there is essentially no difference in the distribution of results." Nevertheless, specific preference for the oral tolerance test is expressed. In later chapters,

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