A sensible, reassuring book which doesn't provide vast quantities of information but does a good job with a few important facts. Court, an Australian specialist in childhood diabetes, briefly explains the nature of the disease and gives a detailed account of the home-centered course of management through parent- or self-administered insulin injections, daily testing of urinary sugar content, and scrupulous regulation of diet. There are descriptions of the different types of insulin, explanations of how to give injections and maintain sterile equipment, diet tables suggesting appropriate intakes of common foods, and even recipes for diabetic menus. It's all clear and easy to follow, and Court's basic attitude is sound: tell the child he should expect to live with diabetes as a permanent condition, and don't encourage him to bank any hopes on the discovery of a cure by the time he's grown up. Paradoxically, Court rather glosses over the progressive nature of the disease, claiming that in the next few years new discoveries are practically bound to prevent adult complications such as blindness and kidney trouble, to say nothing of sexual disorders. Still, a useful family guide.