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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Betsy Bennet, MD (University of Chicago Medical Center)
Description: This book describes how the complexity paradigm can provide a better way to address diabetes.
Purpose: The purpose is to illustrate how traditional medicine, which conveys the concept that diabetes management is straightforward and simple, is inadequate. The authors provide the opportunity to see diabetes through a new perspective. They identify interactions that influence diabetes. By understanding these complex interactions, the authors believe patients, their support network, and healthcare providers may better comprehend and manage diabetes.
Audience: The authors intend this book for healthcare professionals, patients, and carers. However, it is most applicable for patients, most likely patients who are already doing well with their diabetes. The authors appear to have thoroughly researched the subject.
Features: The book identifies the inadequacies in the current concepts and management of diabetes. It attempts to provide a different viewpoint to capture the complex interactions that influence the evolution and outcome of diabetes. It postulates that by understanding the complexities that influence diabetes, one will be able to not only deal with the disease better, but positively affect one's own overall well-being as well. The book provides some helpful tools to assist patients in dealing with complexity, such as relaxation techniques. However, several chapters are repetitious and abstract.
Assessment: While the book is well written, it does not provide specific insights into the inadequacies of current diabetes management or to improving care. However, it may be of value for patients struggling with the complexity of the disease.