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Book and Media Reviews
September 12, 2012

Atlas of Diabetes

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Contributing Editor.

Author Affiliation: Department of Medicine (emeritus), Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston (colwelja@musc.edu).

JAMA. 2012;308(10):1042. doi:10.1001/jama.308.10.1042-a

The editor of the Atlas of Diabetes, Jay Skyler, has recruited material from nationally recognized experts on virtually all aspects of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The atlas has an attractive and somewhat unusual organization and presentation. Each of the 18 chapters begins with a summary of salient points, followed by a series of tables, figures, and graphs, which are briefly summarized in a fashion similar to a slide presentation. This design allows for the inclusion of vast amounts of material and, in most cases, provides messages that are easily understood by the reader. A result is the inclusion of virtually all of the recent critical research data that underlie current understanding of pathogenesis and management of diabetes and its complications.