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October 24, 1959

Diseases of Metabolism: Detailed Methods of Diagnosis and Treatment

JAMA. 1959;171(8):1160. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010260116026

Few fields of medicine are changing with the rapidity that has characterized the general area of metabolism. This new edition represents a welcome improvement of a book that has been valuable since 1942. The format is similar to that of the previous editions. Introductory sections on carbohydrate, protein, and lipid metabolism are well written. There is also a chapter on mineral metabolism and a new chapter on water balance in health and disease. The vitamins, avitaminosis, undernutrition, and obesity are discussed. All the chapters represent authoritative reviews and include discussions of such relatively new concepts as the role of nonesterified fatty acids. The section on diabetes and hypoglycemia represents a practical guide to the treatment of these disorders, including discussion of the various insulins and a brief discussion of tolbutamide. Juvenile diabetes is also discussed. As in the past, this book remains the standard guide of the physician and specialist

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