This treatise on the theory and treatment of diabetes is written for the German general practitioner. The second edition contains directions for the use of various types of long-acting insulins, such as protamine zinc insulin. The increasing incidence of diabetes has prompted the author to include a discussion of prevention; and since prevention can largely be effected by control of overweight, directions are given for reducing procedures.
The author regards diabetes as a disturbance of the normal balance between the activity of the islands of Langerhans and the opposing regulation of the blood sugar (Gegenregulation). The cause of diabetes in the great majority of cases, perhaps in all cases he says, depends on a certain functional insufficiency of the insular organ, but the clinical features of the individual case are determined not alone by the degree of insufficiency of the insular organ but also importantly by the associated state of