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October 7, 1950


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From the George F. Baker Clinic, Elliott P. Joslin, M.D., Medical Director, New England Deaconess Hospital, Boston. This study was aided by a grant from the Life Insurance Medical Research Fund. The statistical analyses were made by the Statistical Bureau of the Metronolitan Life Insurance Company.

JAMA. 1950;144(6):444-447. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920060006002

Will the diabetic physician live as long as one who does not have diabetes? Should a diabetic consider the study of medicine? Should a medical school receive him? Should a medical student or a physician under the age of 35 in whom diabetes develops continue his profession? Will a diabetic physician, because of his medical knowledge, live longer than the average diabetic person?

To help answer these questions a study was made of the records of 475 diabetic physicians consulting the Joslin group between 1898 and 1947. All unclassified or renal glycosurics and potential diabetics are excluded. All but one of these physicians have been followed up to 1948. In 1928 a study of 131 physicians seen up to that time.was reported.1 The 475 physicians constituted one patient in approximately 60 of all true diabetic patients seen between 1898 and January 1948. Of the adult male diabetics 25 years

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