Paul I. Ahmed and Nancy Ahmed (eds) COPING WITH JUVENILE DIABETES Springfield, IL, Charles C. Thomas, 1985, 395 pp $39.50
The editors of this warm-hearted volume are not themselves health professionals but have undertaken this task as a consequence of finding that their daughter had developed type I diabetes. Eighteen articles, contributed by experts from a variety of disciplines, acknowledge that whilst strictly medical management in this condition is usually straightforward in childhood and adolescence, there are often major family problems with compliance, anger, etc. There are six sections in this volume dealing respectively with the sources of conflict, daily routine, complications, effects on family organization, the physician's role and the epidemiology of the disease. This volume will have a special appeal to some parents, and to many health professionals responsible for young diabetics. For the physician, however, there is little on strictly medical management, nothing on recent advances and some themes such as initial hospitalization, are less and less routine practice.