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January 4, 1941

Diabetes: Practical Suggestions for Doctor and Patient

JAMA. 1941;116(1):85. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820010087039

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The second edition of this primer has been modernized after four years chiefly by a revision of the portions devoted to the actions and uses of insulin and protamine zinc insulin. In other respects it remains an expanded and somewhat more elaborate variation of the original edition.

Beginning with a simple, eloquent and straightforward discussion of the physiology of diabetes and nutrition suitable for lay consumption and comprehension, the text becomes somewhat involved and scientific, particularly in the sections devoted to diabetes in children and to acidosis. Those sections dealing with complications (pregnancy, surgery, dental care and care of the feet) are valuable. Detailed instructions as to insulin adjustment are sound and useful. The author's method of diet calculation and instruction, converting a quantitative system into one of household measures, seems complex in attempting simplicity. Practical hints by the dietitian concerning the marketing of food and its preparation, and recipes

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