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Books, Journals, New Media
July 27, 2005

Medicine, Memoir

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University.

JAMA. 2005;294(4):495-500. doi:10.1001/jama.294.4.496-b

In 1957, immediately after Dr Clifton Meador completed his residency training in New York City, he was drafted by the US Army and stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. He found the clinical milieu as drab as the landscape. Healthy, young soldiers seldom presented with anything more exciting than sunburn, jock itch, or a sexually transmitted disease. Fortunately for Meador, duties at the associated civilian ward provided the opportunity for him to meet Amy, a 12-year-old with brittle diabetes. Despite meticulous attention to the young girl’s care, with myriad adjustments of her diet and insulin, Meador was unable to prevent wide fluctuations in her blood glucose levels, which periodically culminated in ketoacidosis.

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