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April 15, 2009

Can Diabetes Be Cured?Potential Biological and Mechanical Approaches

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland.

JAMA. 2009;301(15):1588-1590. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.508

To feel our ills is one thing, but to cure them is another.—Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) Epistolae

For individuals with diabetes, the ultimate hope is cure. But how will this cure ever be realized? If the answer was obvious, all effort would be directed to it, and a Manhattan Project model would succeed. But not knowing where the cure will be found, a series of diverse approaches must be pursued, with the hope that at least one will prove successful. The broad paths to a cure may be considered either biological and surgical or mechanical.

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