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February 20, 1991

Ellenberg and Rifkin's Diabetes Mellitus: Theory and Practice

Author Affiliations

Springfield, Mass

Springfield, Mass

JAMA. 1991;265(7):916-917. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03460070100056

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Diabetes mellitus has become one of the most common afflictions in Western society. Most internists, practicing endocrinologists, and diabetologists must deal with the intricacies of controlling blood glucose levels and the complications of the disease, both short- and long-term. Certainly such a common disease merits its own textbook. To whom will this edition appeal?

The fourth edition of Ellenberg and Rifkin's Diabetes Mellitus: Theory and Practice, edited now by Drs Harold Rifkin and Daniel Forte, Jr, continues, like its predecessors, to be an encyclopedic source of information concerning diabetes. It is now largely rewritten and, as its title boasts, it is both theoretical-academic and practical-clinical. The editors have assembled world-renowned experts in the field, who have written 60 well-organized, up-to-date, and well-referenced chapters.

The text has two sections. Chapters 1 through 21 are concerned with the basic physiology of metabolism and the pathophysiology of diabetic complications. Here the actions of