Preface

The world is witnessing an increase in new cases of diabetes, in both the developed and the developing nations, of near epidemic proportion. This ubiquitous condition will have an ever-increasing impact on all aspects of medicine and public health. It follows that all practicing physicians must seek to gain at least a basic knowledge and understanding of this important global health problem that is so closely linked to the increasing prevalence of obesity.

Diabetes is the paradigm of a condition that necessitates a multidisciplinary approach to its management and treatment. Primary care physicians, hospital physicians, surgeons, nurses, dieticians, psychologists, podiatrists and ophthalmologists are all drawn into this process. In addition, medical students and postgraduate doctors need to learn about diabetes and its protean manifestations.

The third edition of this book continues to build on the previous two editions in providing a clinical and scientific background to the diagnosis, clinical presentations and treatment of diabetes mellitus with a further aim of portraying the wide and varied expressions of diabetes and its complications as an aid to their more ready recognition in clinical practice. It also aims to illustrate the breathtaking developments that are taking place in the field of new therapies for diabetes. This Atlas should, therefore, be of interest to all those who are involved in the provision of diabetic health care and should provide some insight into the fruits of the explosion of basic science and clinical research that has been conducted in an attempt to further our understanding of diabetes and to care better for our diabetic patients.

Ian N Scobie md frcp Gillingham, Kent

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