Reviewer: Ronald N. Cohen, MD (University of Chicago Medical Center)
Description: This small handbook discusses the management of patients with type 2 diabetes.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide information to practicing physicians who care for patients with type 2 diabetes. It is not meant to be comprehensive; rather, it is a small handbook that can be supplemented with larger textbooks. The handbook meets this worthwhile objective.
Audience: It is best suited for nurse practitioners and practicing physicians, particularly primary care physicians, family physicians, and endocrine trainees, but it can be helpful for endocrinologists as well.
Features: After chapters on the pathophysiology of type 2 diabetes and related topics, the book focuses on the various treatments for this disorder, including lifestyle considerations, oral hypoglycemic agents, parenteral therapies (including insulin), and combination therapies. Finally, chapters cover macrovascular and microvascular complications. The overall strength of the book is that so much information is packed into so few pages!
Assessment: This is a very nice handbook on important issues in the management of type 2 diabetes. It should be noted that, as a second edition, there are only modest (yet important) changes from the first edition. Thus, it is not clear why the author of the first edition is not listed as an author for this edition. However, for clinicians looking for a handbook that covers essential topics in diabetes management, this is a good place to start.