Reviewer: Renee Simon Aronsohn, MD (University of Chicago Hospitals)
Description: This book provides a succinct review of current guidelines in the clinical diagnosis and treatment of type 2 diabetes. It includes easy-to-read synopses of pertinent studies and trials from the medical literature as well as multiple tables and figures aimed at outlining key points. The previous edition was published in 2005.
Purpose: It appears that the authors hope this book serves as a handbook for endocrinology or primary care practitioners. Overall, this objective is achieved, although there are certain sections, such as the one describing the complications of diabetes, which may be too basic for practicing endocrinologists.
Audience: Although it appears the authors intend the book for practicing endocrinologists as well as primary care physicians, some sections cover basic principles that seem more appropriate for a book targeting those in general medicine and endocrinology training.
Features: The content ranges from providing basic information on diabetes fundamentals to a more sophisticated review of evidence-based literature that supports current recommendations. The chapters on treatment are the most useful; in particular those reviewing the more novel therapies of inhaled insulin, incretin hormones, and pramlintide. The authors are able to summarize the medical literature on these agents and provide practical guidelines on how and when to prescribe them. Multiple tables and figures are provided throughout; those from the medical literature that highlight key data points are particularly helpful.
Assessment: This book provides a succinct and useful overview of the current guidelines in the diagnosis and treatment of type 2 diabetes. The up-to-date chapters on pharmacologic therapy are especially worthwhile and definitely warrant replacing a previous edition. Overall, I would recommend this book most highly to primary care physicians and endocrinology fellows.