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April 12, 1976

Dilemmas in Diabetes

Author Affiliations

American Medical Association Chicago

JAMA. 1976;235(15):1619-1620. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03260410069037

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As to reading, physicians come in three categories: those who labor in the vineyard, caring for patients as best they can with little time even for journals; those whose specialties permit occasional reading for pleasure, but far more for inquiry; and those in laboratories, who, although reading necessarily, break the frontiers and write for others. This book is for the middle man.

Not long ago, eight experts, speaking at random, participated in a 2 1/2-day informal colloquy to ponder over the current state of diabetes. This small volume is the result.

There is an introduction and a splendid historical perspective by Levine. Other topics and principal speakers are as follows: "The Nature of Diabetes" (Williams et al), "Glucagon and Other Hormones—A New Perspective" (Unger), and "Structural Aspects of Islet Cell Membranes" (Orci). A few nuggets:

It is certain now that some viruses are capable of initiating diabetes without any genetic