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April 3, 1937

La diabetes en la practica

JAMA. 1937;108(14):1210. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780140066039

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This is intended for medical students, especially of Colombia. The purpose of the author is to simplify the whole subject of diabetes, a knowledge of which was previously available to them only in some gigantic treatise on the disease. In opening the subject the author prefers to substitute, in preference to a long list of symptoms, numerous clinical cases for clarification and diagnosis of diabetes, following this by a summary of local disturbances referable to diabetes skin, gastro-intestinal and genito-urinary tracts, neurologic, cardiovascular and respiratory systems and trophic changes. This approach to the subject is original and excellent because it recognizes the great and confusing variety of symptoms by which the disease may be first manifested. In the etiology of diabetes he speaks of senile lassitude of the pancreas because of the greater frequency of diabetes in persons over 40 years of age. He fails to discuss satisfactorily hepatic glycogen

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