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October 7, 1950

DISCOVERING UNSUSPECTED DIABETES

JAMA. 1950;144(6):468-469. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920060030014

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Abstract

The Diabetes Detection Drive, which is to be held this year on Nov. 12-18, is one of the newest of the numerous special weeks which have been designated for the observance of programs against various diseases. It also is one of the most important. Among serious diseases there are few more susceptible to specific medical management which, even in the absence of cure, prolongs life, increases efficiency, protects earning power, minimizes disability and adds to the joy of living. The insidious onset of the disease is the greatest handicap, and it is against this that the Diabetes Detection Drives are aimed.

At its recent Session in San Francisco the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association reaffirmed its previous approval of the principles underlying the drive for early detection of diabetes mellitus and specifically approved self testing. With commercially available and inexpensive urinalysis procedures, which any intelligent layman can

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