Reviewed by Jim Young
Robert Hinchliffe MD FRCS
Matt Thompson MD FRCS
Nicolaas Schaper MD PhD
Ramesh Tripathi MD FICS FRCS (Edin) FACP (Australia), FRACS Vascular (Australia)
Carlos Timaran MD
Published by Jaypee Brothers
“Every 20 seconds a lower limb is lost to diabetes somewhere in the world”! This statement, taken from the introduction, is startling! So a sinecure this book is not! And this is confirmed by the large number of distinguished contributors from the eclectic range of specialities that are integral to the continually evolving medical and surgical care of the diabetic foot.
The book is aimed at trainee and practicing vascular specialists, diabetologists, endocrinologists, podiatrists, surgeons and all other healthcare professionals, and covers the aetiology, presentation, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, etc., of the diabetic foot – whilst not neglecting the increasingly important economic ramifications. It is well structured and the bite-size subsections are illustrated throughout with photographs, diagrams and radiographs. Each chapter opens with summary and closes with a bibliography and reference section.
The subject is prefaced by a fascinating historical background and succinct epidemiology, and although the various individual aspects covered in the book might be known to a practitioner, the book does provide a perspective of where each modality lies within the complex treatment cascade for diabetic foot disease. Although the sequelae start stacking up the encouraging emphasis of the book is the comparatively recent realisation that it is only via dedicated teamwork that prevention and treatment can be optimised.
Although one could dip into this book at any point, the complete journey provides a fascinating overview of the prevalence of these debilitating sequelae of diabetes and the associated treatment options. That these complications are accompanied by substantial morbidity and mortality emphasises why the diabetic foot is deserving of this in-depth treatise and I can recommend it as a valuable addition to your library.