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October 31, 1936


JAMA. 1936;107(18):1473-1474. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770440049013

Late in 1935 the New York Diabetes Association was organized to function as part of the New York Tuberculosis and Health Association. This association was an outgrowth of the current realization that diabetes, for which highly effective means of control are available, should not cause the tragedies for which it continues to be responsible. The objectives in general are educational—of the general public, of diabetic patients and of physicians. The association seeks to inform the public of the common symptoms of diabetes, the necessity for early and adequate medical care, and the relative parts played in diabetes by insulin, obesity, lack of physical activity, and heredity. Attempts are being made to teach diabetic patients the effectiveness of diet and insulin therapy in making life a normal one, the fallaciousness of common fears concerning the use of insulin, the importance of continuous medical supervision, the dangerous nature of advertised nostrums, the

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