Table of Contents

Irony in an era of medical marvels : diabetes history as a study of health and hope.
A disease in motion : the cycles of diabetic transmutation.
Illness unfolding : the transformed experience of diabetic patients.
Getting the point : the daily work of diabetes.
The want of control : ideas and ideals in the management of diabetes.
Pregnant longings : mounting medical intensity in the pursuit of motherhood.
Predicaments of dangerous safety : identity, responsibility, and life with a chronic illness.
Medicine and the marshaling of hope : confronting the increasingly complicated choices of incomplete control. One of medicine's most remarkable therapeutic triumphs was the discovery of insulin in 1921. But the author demonstrates that the transformation of the disease from fatal condition into a chronic illness is tinged with irony and one which illuminates the human consequences of medical intervention.