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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jadranka Popovic, MD (Children's Mercy Hospital)
Description: This book describes the history of insulin treatment in patients with type 1 diabetes. It describes how lives of numerous patients have changed since the famous discovery of Banting, Best, Collip and McLeod.
Purpose: As stated by the author, this book was written to remind us of the long way we have come and achievements we have made in dealing with type 1 diabetes over the past 70 years since insulin therapy was introduced. This book also addresses numerous obstacles and difficulties that people with type 1 diabetes and their physicians encountered on a daily basis in the pre-insulin era.
Audience: This book is written for a wide range of readers. It will be interesting for clinicians who treat patients with diabetes. It will be useful for patients, their families, and loved ones. It will also be interesting to all other healthcare professional like nurses, psychologists, and social workers who take care of patients with diabetes on a daily basis.
Features: Each of the book's eight chapters is a story. The chapters combine patients' letters with numerous questions and observations to the late Dr. Joslin with his answers, comments, and advice. The book is written in simple and easy to read language and it can be read in one sitting. The book is complemented by patient photographs, illustrations, tables, and figures.
Assessment: This is a very interesting and at times emotional book and, hopefully, it will be well received. The material is presented in an easily readable format which will be appreciated by a wide range of readers. As a pediatric endocrinologist taking care of large number of patients with diabetes, I found this book to be very interesting and educational. I highly recommend this book to anyone who takes care of patients with diabetes. This book will expand readers' horizons and help us become even better clinicians.