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May 21, 1982

Diabetic Coma: Ketoacidotic and Hyperosmolar

Author Affiliations

University of Illinois College of Medicine Chicago


by David S. Schade et al, 250 pp, with illus, $29.95, Albuquerque, University of New Mexico Press, 1981.

JAMA. 1982;247(19):2722-2723. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320440062042

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Diabetic coma is one of the most commonly seen medical emergencies, yet it is difficult to find lucid, up-to-date, and comprehensive works on this topic. Diabetic Coma: Ketoacidotic and Hyperosmolar fills this need admirably. Its transatlantic authorship, by Schade and Eaton in Albuquerque and Alberti and Johnston in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England, has brought a variety of expertise to the volume, yet constancy of style has been maintained. There is no identification of individual authorship for each chapter, and the book reads as a cohesive whole.

This book can be used at several different levels. In an urgent situation, when time is precious, the inside covers summarize the authors' approach to treatment, using a flow sheet type of approach. When there is more time (or, preferably, before it is needed), chapter 12, "Initial Clinical Approach," provides greater details on the first 12 hours of treatment. Treatment of both adults and children is