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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Irwin G. Brodsky, MD, MPH (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is a diabetes self-care and healthy living manual.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide diabetic patients with information they need for self-care of diabetes and healthy living with diabetes. It is designed to provide the information using the personal experiences and anecdotes of expert health professionals involved in clinical care and teaching diabetes management.
Audience: Patients with diabetes and their families are the intended audience.
Features: The book provides information on the pathophysiology and treatment of diabetes mellitus. It provides information of relevance to both Type I and Type II diabetic patients. The book additionally provides information about the psychosocial aspects of diabetes and the specialized information about diabetes complications and diabetes during pregnancy.
Assessment: The authors have taken great care to provide diabetes information in a very personal manner. The reader is likely to feel part of an intimate interaction with a healthcare professional. The concepts in this book are described in a understandable but sophisticated manner, so some of the text may beyond the grasp of those with a low reading level. The concepts are presented in a fashion consistent with expert consensus in the field of diabetes. Physicians can feel comfortable that their patients will receive conventional but up-to-date medical opinions. There are a few items in the book related to diabetes diagnosis and treatment that need to be updated because of very recent developments in the field.