Insulin Pump Therapy Demystified

Insulin Pump Therapy DemystifiedInsulin Pump Therapy Demystified

Submitter: I pulled this book because of its age. I have included a picture that discusses different insulin pumps, most of which don’t exist anymore. One of the companies has exited the insulin pump business. There are several new companies and insulin pumps with new technologies that are covered in new books. If I were looking for information about medical devices, and all I could find is an old book, I’d be upset. Chronic illnesses are stressful enough, please make sure that you have up to date books.

Holly: When people come to the library with a diagnosis, or a plan for a new treatment, it means that they trusted us to have the information that they needed. They thought to themselves, “The library will have just what I need!” If we hand them something this old, and this unhelpful, we have failed them and they have no reason to trust us anymore. Libraries have a hard enough time marketing ourselves as relevant. Don’t make it worse.

Comparable Insulin Pump Chart


  1. A modern book on the topic would need to include mention of potential hacking of insulin pumps.

  2. Wouldn’t this be better served by the Internet? I love books for fiction, biographies, 1,000 page treatises on the history of popular music (abetted by looking up everything on youtube), but surely comparing new models of cars/insulin pumps/toasters/etc. is best done on the web?

    1. I’m not a librarian, but Ashley’s question seems like an interesting quandary for the modern library. Is it appropriate for the librarian to say, “let me help you look that up on the internet,” rather than have a book to offer someone? I agree that it seems like the best, most up-to-date source for this type of information.

      1. Connecting people to the information they need is a librarian’s goal; we don’t discriminate against the delivery method. Books are great, but they aren’t always the best format for the information sought.

        1. The problem with the Internet, of course, is determining the accuracy and value of what you find. Books, except for those that are self-published, generally have institutional strength behind them (publishers can be sued if they don’t do due diligence). Anything on the Internet, even supposedly “scientific” articles, needs to be cross-checked before it is shared. A modern librarian will know how to do that.

        2. The main challenge, I find, is that people come to the library looking for a book. If you start showing them the Internet, they say, “well I could have done this at home.” If you have a good medical resource they can’t access from home, that can be a good moment to up-sell, but people are often annoyed by a librarian who turns to Google, even if that is the “best” starting place.

  3. I do diabetes education professionally – I actually have a certification (CDE) in it. I would never refer someone to a book for this kind of information, and my employer discourages it. This is a particularly rapidly-moving field of medicine, and by the time medical books are written, edited, and published they are easily two years out of date, minimum. I use internet resources almost exclusively. The website referenced above belongs to the American Diabetes Association and is known to have the most up-to-date and accurate information for both lay people and professionals. (Much of the professional-level stuff has to be accessed by a log-in.) Other reputable medical information sites include MedScape, the American Heart Association,, and any of the NIH family of websites.

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