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July 18, 1980

Carbohydrate Metabolism in Pregnancy and the Newborn

Author Affiliations

Childrens Hospital of Orange County Orange, Calif University of California at Irvine


by H. W. Sutherland and J. M. Stowers, 540 pp, 95 illus, $32.50, New York, Springer-Verlag, 1979.

JAMA. 1980;244(3):283-284. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310030057039

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This book is a record of the second Aberdeen International Colloquium on Carbohydrate Metabolism in Pregnancy and the Newborn, which was held in April 1978 and was chaired by the editors. Except for discussions of intermediary metabolism during normal pregnancy, the maternal endocrine pancreas, and maternal weight, the principal topic is diabetes in pregnancy.

My perspective is that of a neonatologist who desires a better understanding of the overall problem but whose principal interest is in the infant. I found this to be an informative, reasonably adequate review of the current state of the art.

Most aspects of pregnancy in the diabetic are touched on. The discussions are topical, with references as current as 1979. Subjects of recent interest such as glycosylated hemoglobin, HLA typing in gestational diabetes, and the use of the artificial pancreas are included. Fetal assessment is adequately dealt with, including the use of stress and nonstress