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Philadelphia, July 31, 1897.
To the Editor:
—In an editorial in one of your recent numbers the stand is taken that diabetes is increasing in England and America, because the reports from city hospitals show an increase. I will not attempt to dispute the figures, but I only wish to point out a possible cause for the increase.Diabetes is supposed to be common among Jews. In the last fifteen years there has been a great influx of Jews from Russia to both England and America, and as a rule they remain in the cities. To my own personal knowledge the patients who present themselves at the dispensaries of the large Philadelphia hospitals are largely from this class, consequently this fact alone may serve to increase the number of cases of diabetes in London, New York and Philadelphia.No doubt other diseases peculiar to races will be found to be
Ball MV. Is Diabetes Increasing?. JAMA. 1897;XXIX(6):294. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440320038011