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November 6, 1948


JAMA. 1948;138(10):771-772. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900100051021

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To the Editor:—  In response to many questions from doctors dealing with methods which may be employed to discover patients with diabetes in a community, the following statement, which should prove helpful, has been prepared. The demonstration by a series of surveys that there are a million patients with undiscovered diabetes in the United States and Canada is a challenge to the doctors of these countries to discover these diabetic persons early and to bring to them the advantages of the great discoveries in the treatment of diabetes in recent years. With the cooperation of state and county medical societies, local diabetes associations and all health agencies this may be assured.In January 1949, there will be available a "kit" which is now in the process of manufacture, which will provide for doctors a method for doing a "screening" blood sugar analysis in his office in five to ten minutes.

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