This book is part of the RCGP curriculum for General Practice series. The book starts with the basic management of type 1& 2 Diabetes from the GP point of view. It covers aspects of wider management, including education, social and cultural matters. A range of problems related to diabetes are then considered, including micro/macro vascular complications and emergency situations. Specific issues relating to diabetes in pregnancy are also covered. The final chapter reviews rarer endocrine conditions, eg. Addison’s disease.
I liked the way the author used case scenarios to illustrate the topic, with questions to make you consider your understanding. This ensured the book had a clear GP focus, relevant to everyday consultations. However, this edition was published in 2009 and I felt some of the information needed updating, eg. advice on the use of Glitazones has changed since the date of publication, and the review of QOF achievements for diabetic indicators dated back to 2005/2006.
Overall, I felt this was a good introduction to the management of diabetes from the GP perspective, although some of the information would benefit from updating.
Holly Simms is a Portfolio GP in Hertfordshire