This book is published by the American Diabetes Association as a supplement to the first volume which appeared in 1964. It is not intended to be a definitive text, but rather a sourcebook for general physicians. Each of the 42 sections is contributed by different authors and therein lies its strength and weakness. The strength comes from the variety of information and experience represented. Much of the current colloquium on diabetes has been concisely updated in clear, nontechnical language so that practical understanding and application are possible. It is difficult to think of an important clinical area which has been omitted.
The weakness of the book lies in the variation of opinion among different authors, their lack of homogeneity of thinking, and checkered literary style. Not that controversy is bad, but the physician who is looking for "definite answers" about diabetes or a unified approach offered by leading authorities