This is written in the best traditional German style, concise, readable, suggestive. Keen observation and an intimate knowledge of the German literature are apparent throughout, although no mention is made of Magnus Levy's epoch-making work on diabetic coma and his demonstration of the low excretion of sodium chloride, or to Umber's (Grote's?) patients who showed over 50 per cent heredity. References to non-Germans are scanty, and German references alone are included in the monographs cited at the end of the volume.
Diabetes is defined as a chronic disease of the entire neuroendocrine apparatus in which a lowered function of the pancreas stands in the foreground. Lack of insulin leads to inability to burn carbohydrate sufficiently and build it up anew into reserve material. Liver glycogen stands in the center of the problem of diabetes; when exhaustion of the glycogen reserve occurs, the combustion of fat suffers, leading to acidosis, which,