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This is a rational presentation of the nature of diabetes and its treatment, written in terms that the layman of average education should be able to understand. The principles of dietary control and of the use of insulin are discussed in detail. The point of view is directed toward diabetes in the adult, only a paragraph being devoted to the peculiarities of the disease in childhood. Need for meeting the extra requirements of growth and activity is not mentioned. Sufficient emphasis is not given the danger of mineral and vitamin inadequacy in poorly chosen therapeutic diets.