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April 1934

Metabolic Diseases and Their Treatment.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1934;53(4):631. doi:10.1001/archinte.1934.00160100153011

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Nothing except in praise can be said of this excellent translation of Professor Grafe's treatise. The author is well known in this country as a student of metabolic problems, and a systematic exposition of his views will be welcome to all physicians. The book is one of those rare ones in which a really profound and scholarly discussion of the fundamentals of a subject by one conversant with them at first hand is combined with sound clinical knowledge. There are general sections on metabolism and on the chemistry of foods, followed by a discussion of the nature and treatment of nutritional disorders. Special sections follow on obesity, undernutrition and diabetes, to the last of which some 200 pages are devoted. Gout and other "inborn" errors of metabolism are dealt with next, and finally come sections on diabetes insipidus, calcareous diathesis and the formation of stones. The general plan with each

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