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July 10, 1948

Diabetic Guide

JAMA. 1948;137(11):1000. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890450080035

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The "Diabetic Guide" is for the physician rather than for the patient. A physician treating a patient familiar with this book would have difficulty, for the authors state too frequently what must and should be done. A physician may have difficulty in convincing a patient that he rather than the book is correct. The volume is handy in size and convenient to handle, but since so many diabetic persons have difficulty of vision, larger print would have been a great improvement. Such dogmatic assertions as "the best insurance against development of retinitis is good control of the diabetes" are confusing, for the foremost medical practitioners today feel that the association of retinitis and diabetes is far from confirmed. "Experience has demonstrated that mixtures ranging from 1.2 (1 unit of PZI [protamine zinc insulin] to 2 units of quick insulin) on up to 1.3 are the most satisfactory although ratios as

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