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November 8, 1952


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Dallas, Texas

JAMA. 1952;150(10):961-963. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680100003002

One of the most dramatic human interest stories of our times is the story of diabetes. It has the elements of early tragedy, scientific lethargy and confusion, magnificent effort, and a great triumph. It is a story to which many persons have contributed immortal chapters. It is an unfinished story to which a challenged mind will someday dictate a fitting conclusion. It is a story that will inspire medical imagination and effort for all time to come.

EARLY CONTRIBUTIONS  The story began a long time ago, but we may begin at a chapter in the 1870's as A. Trousseau lectures to a medical class in Paris. He was presenting a 36-year-old man who was obviously afflicted with severe symptomatic diabetes in a stage of early acidosis. In the courtly style of the day, he remarked: "Gentlemen, his glycosuria is of a bad kind, against which medical treatment cannot prevail. Whatever

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