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To the Editor:—
The article by Spellberg and Leff on the incidence of diabetes and glycosuria in inductees (The Journal, September 22, p. 246) will be welcomed by every one interested in the incidence of the disease. Such surveys should be carried out still more extensively.May I comment on the reference of the authors to my Arizona experience? Having noted that in 1937 the diabetic mortality in New York was 42 and in Rhode Island 36.9 but in Arizona only 10 per hundred thousand, with the cooperation of the doctors in Arizona a study was made of the morbidity of diabetes in that state. Whereas mortality records showed great differences between Rhode Island and Arizona, when we made a survey of the state it was found that the morbidity was approximately the same in the two states (see Joslin, E. P.: The Universality of Diabetes, The Journal, Dec. 14.
Joslin EF. THE INCIDENCE OF DIABETES. JAMA. 1945;129(12):825. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860460049021