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February 28, 1948


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Los Angeles.

JAMA. 1948;136(9):643. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890260051021

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To the Editor:—  The editorial on "Diabetes and Arteriosclerosis in Youth" (The Journal, Dec. 20, 1947, p. 1074) and the article on "The Relationship of Chronic Alcoholism to Arteriosclerosis" by S. L. Wilens, M.D. (The Journal, Dec. 27, 1947, p. 1136) bring the following to mind: In 1934, A. Feller and I reported the results of extensive studies at the International Society of Geographical Pathology in Utrecht, Belgium. The study was based on systematic vascular investigation in 1,238 postmortem examinations made at the University Hospital, University of Vienna, Austria.It was found that diabetic persons in the higher age groups showed a considerable increase in arteriosclerosis. However, such a difference was not statistically significant in patients below 50 years of age. No difference could be found in this study between alcoholic addicts and controls, considering equal age groups, essentially confirming the findings by Dr. Wilens on a different type of

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