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Bittersweet chronicles this history of diabetes through the compelling perspectives of people who lived with this disease. Drawing on a remarkable body of letters exchanged between patients or their parents and Dr. Elliot P. Joslin and the staff of physicians at his famed Boston clinic, Feudtner examines the experience of living with diabetes across the twentieth century, highlighting changes in treatment and their profound effects on patients' lives. Although focused on juvenile-onset, or Type 1, diabetes, the themes explored in Bittersweet have implications for our understanding of adult-onset, or Type 2, diabetes, as well as a host of other diseases that, thanks to drugs or medical advances, are being transformed from acute to chronic conditions. Indeed, the tale of diabetes in the post-insulin era provides an ideal opportunity for exploring the larger questions of how medicine changes our lives.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Diabetes History 20th century, Joslin Diabetes Center, Chronic Disease psychology United States, Diabetes Mellitus, Insulin-Dependent history United States, Diabetes Mellitus complications United States, Diabetes Mellitus therapy United States, History of Medicine, 20th Cent, United States, Insulin therapeutic use United States