Published October 2020
By Awanish Kumar and Ashwini Kumar
Published by CRC Press
This excellent book is a first edition and I am sure in the not too distant future we will see a second edition. One reason for this is that diabetes (mellitus) is a fast moving topic with plenty of regular change in all the subject areas of this book. In addition, I would like to think that this book will be popular and well received and that will also contribute to the rise of a second edition.
One of the main strengths of this book is its size. Including the index, the book runs to just 132 pages but I don’t see this as a weakness. In fact, it is a strength of this book at it means that it is quite feasible to read the book from cover to cover without too much difficulty. This is a huge bonus as despite its slim dimensions, it packs in a lot of data in an easy-to-read format.
It is also well written and most of the information is text driven with the odd figure helping to illustrate some of the points within the text. If you don’t want to read the whole book then you have the option of reading the contents on Page V where each chapter is broken down into sub headings and that particular section can be read quickly by going to the designated page number. The contents in page V are in fact a strong indicator of how good this book is with all the subsections neatly catalogued and easy to jump into an interesting and relevant section.
Pharmacological management of diabetes is succinctly covered in 2 pages, namely pages 98-99 whereas in the following pages (100-107) there is a greater discussion on the surgical management which is interesting. Chapter 8 on dietary and lifestyle management of diabetes again is succinct, helpful and interesting. Chapter 1 is also interesting as it is looking at epidemiology whilst the following chapter looks at diabetes and inflammation. All in all, there is a lot of fascinating information here which gives a rounded and grounded tour of diabetes in a slim volume. Great credit to the authors who have produced this clever and informative book in a very readable format. Big is not necessarily beautiful and a busy clinician can easily read this whole book in a relatively short space of time and as a result be well acquainted with modern thinking in diabetes.
Dr Harry Brown