A reviewer, pondering over modern thought and modern publications on diabetes, encounters difficulty in harmonizing the many divergent views of practice. High fats and low fats are advocated, protein is used and abused, the safe fatty acid-glucose ratio is variously estimated, and one wonders over the fact that most patients who are adequately treated get along equally well under so many different regimens. The reason must be, of course, that each system has certain fundamental similarities in principle, even though the existing confusion hides the parallelism.
To such a reviewer this book from a South American colleague comes as a real pleasure. The basis of diabetic treatment has always been the same — the dietetic regimen. Insulin has not modified or simplified this treatment, but has rendered it really efficacious. No extreme ideas of dietotherapy are accepted; the perversion of metabolism is not systematic; each diabetic patient must have his