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November 21, 1977

Diabetes Mellitus, Clinical and Metabolic: A Shorter Textbook

JAMA. 1977;238(21):2310. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280220078037

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The subtitle "A Shorter Textbook" aptly describes this compact volume. It stands midway between the single chapter coverage in most texts of general medicine and the multiauthored tomes that serve as standard references. Its major virtue is a pragmatic orientation. Most of the chapters concern patient management: diagnosis; clinical manifestations; complications; diet, drug, and insulin therapy; special circumstances, such as pregnancy and surgery; and "personal, social and economic aspects" of diabetes mellitus. The authors are obviously familiar with current trends in diabetes research. However, they have filtered their knowledge through the sands of clinical experience. The result is a down-to-earth, conservative approach that should reassure older clinicians and help younger ones establish workable day-to-day practices.

The book is also addressed to "students, both undergraduate and postgraduate." Here one can anticipate some minor difficulties. The sections on physiology and metabolism are a bit superficial and even, at times, inaccurate. The accompanying