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.
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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