Books & Resources

An Oral History of Diabetes, Death, and Software

I’m horribly behind in the MailBag Department. Here are some wonderful, sad, and interesting bits recently passed along that I’d like to share:
* An Oral History of Diabetes is a project like no other. This recently completed UK Website features audio recordings of the life-stories of 50 people diagnosed with diabetes between 1927 and 1997 (mostly the bad old days for diabetes). The interviewees talk candidly about how they lived and what it was…

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Book Review: Conquering Diabetes, at Last

I received a copy of “Conquering Diabetes“ by Dr. Anne Peters a few weeks ago. I must admit: I feel very guilty for letting it sit so long on my desk while others are clamoring for copies… I know they are, ’cause I asked my mom (newly identified as “pre-diabetic”) to take a look at it and tell me what she thought. They put her on a long waiting list at the library. What a…

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Bee a D.I.V.A, and Other Diabetes Attitude Boosts

A loyal reader emails me to say thanks for creating a site that’s “positive and a great experience for the diabetic.” And I say THANKS FOR NOTICING, ’cause that’s exactly why I started this blog: most every other resource I found was such a downer!
I also get a fair amount of emails from people calling for help. They’re usually either newly diagnosed and feeling totally under water, or struggling to help a loved one…

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More Books and Resources

A lot of people are starting to ask what diabetes books I’d personally recommend. Honestly, I haven’t read that many, but what I have read was invaluable. The very first thing I did after coming up for air was order a copy of “Diabetes for Dummies,” of course (!) — an essential for understanding what’s actually happening to your body. I also enjoyed “The Diabetics Book” by June Biermann and Barbara Toohey. I believe the…

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The Power of Apology in Medicine

A few weeks ago I received a rather odd book to review: “The Power of Apology in Medicine,” a short treatise on “the movement toward apology and full disclosure in medicine.”
We chronic patient types know all about the importance of good “bedside manner.” We’ve all got our doctor horror stories about insensitive comments and shockingly inappropriate behavior. These ugly encounters stick with us forever, and add an extra crust of negativity to our already…

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