Gr 5-8-Until research in the late 19th century indicated that the pancreas was involved in the development of diabetes, treatment included bloodletting, starvation, and ingestion of rancid meat. This well-written volume follows the history, causes, treatment, and complications of the disease, as well as new developments in high-tech insulin delivery. While Stewart presents detailed explanations of ketoacidosis, hypoglycemia, retinopathy, and neuropathy, she also includes a wealth of information on the importance of hygiene, exercise, proper diet, and monitoring blood-sugar levels. The well-organized and well-paced text is suitable for research or for personal information. Readers will not only come away with an appreciation of how serious the disease is, but also with the knowledge that today, with proper care, diabetics can look forward to a normal life span.-Christine A. Moesch, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.