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April 23, 1932


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JAMA. 1932;98(17):1441-1443. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730430017007

Definite instances of hyperinsulinism are still sufficiently rare to justify additional reports of such cases. It is indeed remarkable that the disease can be so readily identified, when so few authenticated cases have thus far been reported. The clear cut symptom complex produced by insulin overdosage, and more satisfactory laboratory facilities, have simplified the recognition of the condition. Whether the term "hyperinsulinism" as first used by Seale Harris will continue to be used or whether the designation "spontaneous hypoglycemia" may be a more correct term, especially for the milder types, the future must decide. The multiplicity and variability of the symptoms of hyperinsulinism recall the days when the various forms of thyroid disturbances had not yet been properly correlated and classified. It does not require a far stretch of the imagination to assume that hyperactivity of the islets of Langerhans may logically occur as well as its counterpart, an inadequate

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