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Diabetes
Author: Robert Tattersall

ISBN: 9780199541362
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 229
Published: 8 October 2009
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.9 x 2.3
Description:
Diabetes is a disease with a fascinating history and one that has been growing dramatically with urbanisation. According to the World Health Authority, it now affects 4.6% of adults over 20, reaching 30% in the over 35s in some populations. It is one of the most serious and widespread diseases today. But the general perception of diabetes is quite different.

At the beginning of the 20th century, diabetes sufferers mostly tended to be middle-aged and overweight, and could live tolerably well with the disease for a couple of decades, but when it occasionally struck younger people, it could be fatal within a few months. The development of insulin in the early 1920s dramatically changed things for these younger patients. But that story of the success of modern medicine has tended to dominate public perception, so that diabetes is regarded as a relatively minor illness. Sadly, that is far from the case, and diabetes can produce complications affecting many different organs.

Robert Tattersall, a leading authority on diabetes, describes the story of the disease from the ancient writings of Galen and Avicenna to the recognition of sugar in the urine of diabetics ...

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