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The most authoritative and comprehensive book on the subject, written by the author of the excellent fore-runner Diabetes: The Biography by Oxford University Press. This volume is the book that the late Professor Tattersall wanted to write, with sufficient pages to chronicle the full fascinating and often gruelling history of diabetes mellitus over the last 3000 years. The book bears the controversial title he insisted on - the "Pissing Evil" - as per the name of the disease in the 17th century.

After a lifetime treating and researching diabetes, with some major contributions to modern diabetes management, Tattersall became an expert in the field and on its history. This scholarly book was written for general readers and medical historians as well as clinicians and medical students. 

 

It is a rich social and medical history and it stands as a tribute to the countless people who suffered over the millennia and those who tried to help them. It holds nothing back on the controversies and conspiracies that plagued the development of insulin and the evolving pharmaceutical industry in the 20th century.

Unfortunately the title is currently OUT OF STOCK, but you can pre-order it below for delivery in October 2023.

High-quality paperback ISBN 978-1-909675-070

I400 pages | Paperback £29.99  

PRICE £29.99 plus p&p

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Professor Robert Tattersall was born in in July 1943 in London, and educated at Charterhouse School . He went on to study medicine at the University of Cambridge and St Thomas’ Hospital in London. He continued to train at Nottingham General Hospital before moving back to London, to King’s College Hospital, where he collaborated with consultant physician David Pyke . They conducted research studies on twins with diabetes and established that type 1 and type 2 have different aetiologies.

Over his long career he made many contributions to our understanding of diabetes while treating patients and investigating maturity-onset diabetes of the young (MODY), the Somogyi effect, brittle diabetes and dead-in-bed syndrome, as well as developing a major milestone in the management of diabetes through self-monitoring of blood glucose levels. 

When he won an award from the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, he was "bitten by the history bug”. On retiring from clinical practice he published many papers on medical history and chapters to many other books, as well as writing his first masterly book called Diabetes: The Biography, published by Cambridge University Press in 2009However, it was with regret that this book could not accommodate his vast body of historical material and knowledge as a hands-on clinician.

Swan & Horn were proud to publish The Pissing Evil - his heavyweight successor. No other book on the subject is so comprehensive, and it stands as a tribute to Tattersall's lifelong dedication to helping people with diabetes and those who try to make their lives better.

You can read more about Robert Tattersall in this article "Robert Tattersall, a Diabetes Physician Ahead of His Time" that appeared in the journal Diabetes Care (American Diabetes Association). 

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