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December 9, 1939

Die Diät- und Insulinbehandlung der Zuckerkrankheit für Studierende und Ärzte

JAMA. 1939;113(24):2177. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800490073037

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The author stresses the importance of proper diet in treatment of diabetes, emphasizing the fact that the use of insulin without regard to diet is sometimes harmful. That the cost of insulin to the individual and to institutions is often prohibitive is alone a reason for greater importance being attached to diet, plus the fact that diet is at times even more vital than insulin, are everywhere stressed by the author. It is felt, of course, that the economic side must be considered, but one cannot go as far as the author when he insists that doctors should use insulin sparingly. Certainly the good of the patient and not the cost of the treatment is the first consideration. The author stresses the importance of insulin and protamine zinc insulin being used only by doctors with a thorough knowledge of their therapy. He makes special mention of surfen, a new slow-acting

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