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January 26, 1901


Author Affiliations

Instructor in Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania; Dermatologist to Methodist Hospital. PHILADELPHIA.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(4):228-231. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.52470040006001b

In this paper I shall consider those cutaneous diseases which occur with more or less frequency in diabetes, many of which are extremely annoying and painful, others dangerous, contributing in no small measure to the fatal issue of the disease. The recognition of the causal relationship existing between these eruptions and the glycosuria is an absolute prerequisite to the successful treatment of the former; and, as in many instances they are the first noticeable symptoms of diabetes, they also possess distinct value in the diagnosis of this affection. The greater number of them are of an inflammatory character, resembling in a general way the inflammatory diseases of the skin due to other causes, but also presenting certain peculiarities as to location and course, which suggest their etiology. A few are so constantly associated with sugar in the urine that they deserve the name "diabétides," first proposed by Fournier to indicate

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