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November 2, 1935

HYPERGLYCEMIA AND ARTERIOSCLEROSIS

JAMA. 1935;105(18):1451-1452. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760440061025

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  In a communication from Dr. Eli Moschcowitz with the title "Hyperglycemia" (The Journal, September 28, p. 1057) is a criticism of the general opinion that diabetes is a contributing factor in the causation of arteriosclerosis. Dr. Moschcowitz not only disagrees with that opinion but accuses many writers of confusing arteriosclerosis with "the lipoid imbibition of the aorta" found among other conditions in advanced diabetes and in experimental atherosclerosis in rabbits. In suggesting that the arterial lesions found in advanced diabetes are not arteriosclerotic, he attacks the bases on which our knowledge of arterial disease has been constructed and adopts a thesis which no observations published by him or others will adequately support. Moreover, he accuses me of calling this lesion "atherosclerosis" in quotes, as though I had coined a new name for a condition something other than arteriosclerosis. It is unnecessary perhaps to restate that the term

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