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October 18, 1930


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From the Joslin Diabetic Unit, New England Deaconess Hospital.

JAMA. 1930;95(16):1160-1162. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720160020006

The twenty thousand children in the United States who today are diabetic or potentially diabetic compel us to ask the question "What does the future promise the diabetic child?" Growth, development, and duration of life are no longer the outstanding problems of the diabetic child treated with insulin. In the nineteen months ended Feb. 1, 1930, among 423 children living in that period there were only 10 fatalities, and 5 of these were due to coma untreated. The growth in height and weight was essentially normal and but one girl over 20 years of age has failed to mature.

Yet with increasing age the diabetic child who has demonstrated his ability to carry on the normal functions of childhood and youth faces a new problem in the possible transmission of his disease. The hereditary taint in the diabetic child is evident. Repeated questioning and the fact that diabetes may be

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