Reviewed by Jim Young
Editors: Leonid Poretsky, Emilia Pauline Liao.
Consulting editor: Derek LeRoith
Published by Elsevier
This is the March 2014 edition in a series of quarterly publications by the Endocrinology and Metabolism Clinics of North America.
In these busy days it is often difficult to decide which books (if any) one has time to invest in. It is difficult enough to keep up with the flow of new research papers – and the timeline required for production of a standard text book often leaves the reader behind the times with regard to new developments – all of which can preclude investment in books other than fundamental references for particular subjects.
However, this concise, well structured and extensively referenced compilation of 14 reviews around the theme of diabetes mellitus and associated conditions offers a succinct feast of knowledge that will entertain during the three months between this and the next publication.
The physical size of the book is pleasing and it is comfortable in the hand. Each review is of just the right length to provide both enlightenment and education. On average each of the 14 reviews is of 15 to 20 pages in length, so the imparting of knowledge is lean, succinct and brisk. But paradoxically each provides a leisurely read that enables the clinician to ensure a rounded update on pertinent areas in the field. The fascination lies in their diversity and apparent unconnectedness that on closer examination elucidates a shared background characterised by insulin resistance and increased oxidative stress. The reviews also emphasise why such an understanding is important because these associated conditions contribute greatly to the morbidity and mortality of diabetes.
I can recommend this book as an investment that will provide months of quiet, enjoyable contemplation of the fascinating interplay between the conditions associated with diabetes and pathophysiology of diabetes itself.
The book is also a good follow-on from the December 2013 publication of Acute and Chronic Complications of Diabetes
I am looking forward to the next quarterly publication.