Description: This interesting little book, based on the King's College Hospital, London, Diabetic Foot Clinic experience, illustrates through a series of case studies the complicated clinical presentations that diabetic foot patients may take. It is laid out in four sections that cover a variety of the common and less common diabetic foot manifestations.
Purpose: The purpose is to help enhance knowledge about the diabetic foot through numerous case studies with which the authors have personally been involved. The book demonstrates the need for a multidisciplinary approach to this complex subject. While this is often cited in other books on the diabetic foot as being an important part of the management of these patients, this book scores over its competitors by actually illustrating case-by-case how this has been achieved.
Audience: The authors are very clear in the preface that the book is aimed at a multidisciplinary market. Hence, its audience includes any healthcare provider who is involved in the care of the diabetic foot patient. While the book gives a good description of the overall aspects of each case, it lacks the in-depth details that a specialist would likely need (for example in surgery), and so is particularly well suited to those in general practice or those contemplating extending their practice to this area of clinical care.
Features: The book is arranged in four sections of case studies, based upon the authors' experiences with patients with severe diabetic foot problems. These encompass neuropathic, ischemic, Charcot, and renal cases. Numerous cases are described in each section and a summary of the key learning points appear after each case, which is a particularly useful feature of the book. Abundant color plates illustrate the cases.
Assessment: Overall, this is a useful book. It covers many cases and addresses the common and less common complications and frustrations that confront practitioners when they are treating patients with this condition. Through the case studies, anyone involved in treating diabetic foot patients will immediately recognize the many challenges of treating this burgeoning problem for many of the world's healthcare systems. This book serves as an important reminder of the complexity of the problem and the need for a multifaceted approach to its management. Recommended.