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The John Hopkins Guide to Diabetes (second edition)

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Title: The John Hopkins Guide to Diabetes (second edition)

Authors: Christopher D Saudek, Richard R Rubin, Thomas W Donner

Publisher: John Hopkins Press

Reviewer: Anne Duell, registered general nurse, Birmingham Community NHS Trust

What was it like?

This is a comprehensive book, which presents in a reader friendly format relevant clinical data relating to the impact of diabetes for those diagnosed with this condition. The authors discuss the psychological, sociological, physical and emotional impacts of diabetes in relation to daily life of an individual with diabetes. 

This book presents up to date information covering initial diagnosis, types of diabetes and various treatment options. The authors go further and explore the impact of genetics along with pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment options.

The chapters in this book have been broken down into a reader/user friendly format. It is more than another medical book about diabetes. This edition is an essential guide for individuals who have diabetes or been recently diagnosed. It could be described as a staple part of diabetes understanding and management. It incorporates thoughts and feelings from those who live with diabetes on a daily basis and provides “take home messages” at the conclusion of each chapter, which provides extra support and guidance for the reader to improve their understanding, control and management of their diabetes. This should in turn enable people with diabetes to control their lives instead of diabetes controlling them

What were the highlights? 

The highlights from this book incorporate its user friendly format. The fact that it includes reflective thoughts from those who have diabetes brings the readership of this book to a broader spectrum. As I read through this book one of the highlights and learning points that I benefited from as a registered nurse was the section on living with diabetes and the psychological impact that it may have on both the individual but also for their partner and/or family. It highlights the need for practitioners to have a better understanding of the psychological impact diabetes may have for patients in their care.

Strengths & weaknesses:

The book is presented in a clear user friendly format with easy to follow diagrams to support the presented facts. It is current and higher relevant in both medical and social fields.

Who should read it?

Since this book incorporates facts from both the medical perspective and that of the individual who has diabetes the potential readership for this book is broad. It should be recommended to the medical and nursing profession since the prevalence of diabetes continues to rise. It could be of benefit to recommend this book to those who work in the social care field as this will aid their understanding of the social and psychological impact of diabetes, especially as their client may also have other comorbidities to content with in their daily lives. For those wanting a better understanding of their own condition and those embarked on the perfect patient programme this book would also be a great resource.

The John Hopkins Guide to Diabetes (second edition)

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