Cheating Destiny Living with Diabetes

ISBN-10: 061891899X
ISBN-13: 9780618918997
Edition: 2006
Authors: James S. Hirsch
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Description: A candid, provocative, and moving account of one of Americas fastest-growing health issues If you or someone you love has diabetes, you are not alone - more than twenty million Americans now live with the disease. In Cheating Destiny, the  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 11/6/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

A candid, provocative, and moving account of one of Americas fastest-growing health issues If you or someone you love has diabetes, you are not alone - more than twenty million Americans now live with the disease. In Cheating Destiny, the best-selling author James S. Hirsch offers an incisive, sometimes surprising portrait of diabetes in America. Hirsch is intimately familiar with the disease: he has lived with type 1 diabetes for three decades. His brother, Irl, also a diabetic, is one of the countrys leading diabetologists. Most poignantly, his son Garrett was diagnosed at age three. Hirsch draws on his unique expertise to provide an engaging blend of reportage, memoir, history, and advocacy. He offers revealing views of life with diabetes: the urge toward secrecy that many diabetics feel, the everyday psychological and emotional hurdles, and the perseverance - even heroism - required for survival. Hirsch takes a look at the science behind the disease and its treatment, and lays bare the impact on our economy, society, and our families. Anyone who lives with diabetes - or loves a diabetic - will find this book essential reading.

James S. Hirsch is a former reporter for the "New York Times" & the "Wall Street Journal." He lives in Needham, Massachusetts.

Prologue
Diabetic Utopia
Insulin's Poster Girl
The Burden of Control
The Diabetes Queen
Rewarding Failure, Punishing Excellence
You Have to Be Brave, or Else It Hurts
New Lows
Dr. Bernstein's Solution
High-tech Tradeoffs
Pushing Back the Horizon
The Magical Beta Cell
The Trials of a Maverick Scientist
The Price of Survival
Survivor Tales
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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