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December 12, 1977

Childhood Diabetes and Its Management

JAMA. 1977;238(24):2641-2642. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280250067033

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Abstract

Dr Craig has written a monograph that is not only informative but also truly enjoyable to read. He offers us the distillation of 20 years' experience in the diabetes clinic at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow, Scotland. Current references combine with charming anecdotes to provide excellent balance in each chapter.

The book is directed toward the general pediatrician rather than toward the diabetologist; but current areas of controversy, such as the use of bicarbonate and continuous infusion insulin, are not avoided. While Dr Craig presents both sides of an issue, he still suggests one simple, practical approach to management. He is a realist, accepting the fact that true control is probably a myth but simultaneously avoiding a cavalier defeatist attitude.

A major strength is the emphasis on behavior and communication, nonverbal as well as verbal. He stresses the value of ancillary staff, nurses, and dietitians as team members

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