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JAMA 100 Years Ago
March 12, 2008

THE OATMEAL DIET IN THE TREATMENT OF DIABETES MELLITUS.

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JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2008;299(10):1202. doi:10.1001/jama.299.10.1202

JAMES B. HERRICK, M.D., CHICAGO.

In 1903 Carl von Noorden advocated the use in certain cases of diabetes of a diet consisting of oatmeal, butter and a vegetable albumin. This method of treatment is commonly referred to, briefly, as the oatmeal treatment—Haferkur. To judge from the paucity of reports from German and other clinics, von Noorden's claims for the diet are generally viewed either with indifference or skepticism. This paper will attempt to show what the diet is, the method of its use, the claims made for it by von Noorden, and how far these claims seem justified by the experience of others, including that of the writer.

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