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February 5, 1955

Hypoglycemia and the Hypoglycemic Syndrome

JAMA. 1955;157(6):556. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950230070052

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The authors have produced a monograph on hypoglycemic states and hyperinsulinism that is accurate, up-to-date, and complete. It is well organized, and the descriptions are clear and convincing. The mechanism of insulin hypoglycemia, causes and treatment of various clinical forms encountered, and diagnostic measures used in their detection and differentiation are given in detail. It seems somewhat irrelevant that chapters on glucagon (a pancreatic gland hormone) and the cause of diabetes mellitus should be included in a monograph with this title, but the experience of the senior author in the former field and the possible physiological relationships with hyperinsulinism in the latter appear to justify their inclusion. The book is sparsely illustrated, is well printed in a soft cover, and has an extensive bibliography.

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