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Medicine is said to exemplify a wholesome mixture of art and science through which scientific knowledge and discovery create a foundation for the art of deduction and application to arrive at the correct diagnosis and to select appropriate therapy.

Although the science is universal and the knowledge base is assumed to be similar, the art of practicing medicine is frequently different among practitioners. Thus, learning from many masters becomes an essential component of clinical and bedside education for younger clinicians. Furthermore, lifelong learning is a quintessential quality of excellent clinical skills. Knowing how our esteemed colleagues approach difficult cases as well as diagnostic and therapeutic dilemmas is a vital element of learning.

This is why we believe it is so important to present the original voices of leading diabetologists discussing their most challenging cases and explaining the underlying principles they use to solve diagnostic and therapeutic puzzles.

The cases presented in this volume do this by allowing each author or group of authors to demonstrate their own art of reasoning and their own style of problem solving. We sincerely hope this compilation of distinct voices adds value to the reader’s learning. Like students of classical art who spend countless hours copying works of distinguished masters, we hope our readers will adopt the logic of distinguished diabetologists and use it to guide them while solving their own challenging cases that might resemble the ones presented in this anthology.

The authors and the editors are eager to present these challenging cases to the readers. If indeed our readers find these cases and discussions helpful to their practice, we will be deeply gratified.

  • Boris Draznin, MD, PhD, Editor

    Director, Adult Diabetes Program

    Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Diabetes

    University of Colorado Denver, School of Medicine

  • Cecilia C. Low Wang, MD, FACP, Associate Editor

    Associate Professor of Medicine

    Department of Medicine, University of Colorado

    Anschutz Medical Campus/School of Medicine

  • Daniel J. Rubin, MD, MSc, FACE, Associate Editor

    Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology

    Temple University School of Medicine

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