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September 19, 1953

DIAGNOSTIC SIGNIFICANCE OF BLOOD SUGAR FINDINGS

Author Affiliations

Atlanta, Ga.
From the Department of Medicine, Emory University (Dr. McLoughlin), and the Georgia Department of Public Health (Drs. Petrie and Hodgins).

JAMA. 1953;153(3):182-184. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.02940200004002
Abstract

During the past few years the American Diabetes Association has sponsored a Diabetes Detection Week throughout the entire country. Many screening tests have been devised for finding the unknown diabetic, and a tremendous amount of work has been done on diabetes detection. The late Dr. James Edgar Paullin, in 1949, challenged the Georgia Department of Public Health to incorporate a test for abnormal carbohydrate metabolism in their Voluntary Multiphasic Health Test program, which included a chest roentgenogram, a test for anemia, and a serologic test for syphilis. The Anthrone method of blood sugar analysis was developed,1 and, in 1950, the rapid screening of large numbers of patients was begun.2

Since April, 1950, about 600,000 persons in the state of Georgia have voluntarily submitted to this screening procedure for abnormal carbohydrate metabolism. A report on almost 250,000 of those screened during the past 18 months was made at a

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