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August 24, 1940

Modern Diabetic Care Including Instructions in the Diet and the Use of the Old and New Insulins

JAMA. 1940;115(8):641. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810340069051

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The purpose of this manual, according to the author, is to make available a nontechnical discussion of diabetes mellitus for the diabetic patient, the physician, the dietitian and other persons interested in the disease. Nevertheless the manual contains much technical physiologic explanation of various phases of diabetes, a discussion which is unnecessary and tends to become difficult for a person with diabetes to follow. Thus there are chapters on the origin of body heat, the body and its food and insulin and food requirement. The author also goes into great detail on how patients should judge their insulin dose based on the urine test. This is a dangerous procedure to recommend to elderly diabetic patients with marked cardiovascular changes if not under the immediate supervision of a physician. There is much advice about which the physician may disagree with the author. The chapter on diets, however, is of practical value

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