Dr O. Charles Olson has written a clear and concise manual on the care of the diabetic patient. Based on more than 30 years of clinical experience, he has compiled a soft-cover book of 35 chapters totaling 275 pages. It is written for "medical students, house officers, primary care physicians," and, I would add, could be very useful to interested nurses, allied health professionals, and well-informed patients.
The initial section clearly reviews the newer classification of diabetes. This is followed by an exceptionally helpful chapter on diagnosis, including criteria for diagnosis, preparation and timing of an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT), when not to do an OGTT, and nondiabetic causes of abnormal OGTT results. Chapters 3 through 9 deal with the day-to-day management of the type I and II diabetic. Dietary management is covered in a "cookbook" fashion, and an interesting page on the use of dietary fiber is presented.