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April 18, 1925

THE POSSIBILITY OF RECOVERY FROM DIABETES UNDER INSULIN

JAMA. 1925;84(16):1183-1184. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660420021010
Abstract

In view of the fact that some patients with diabetes, especially the young, show an increased ability to utilize carbohydrates after insulin treatment, the possibility has been present that the functional capacity of the pancreas may improve under the influence of the partial rest afforded by the insulin. The actual opportunity to demonstrate an anatomic basis for such a clinical improvement is naturally rare. Recently such an opportunity occurred in the service of Boyd and Robinson 1 of the University of Toronto. A boy, aged 9 years, who was known to have had diabetes since he was 2 years old, began treatment in December, 1922. Under insulin it was possible to provide him with a diet sufficient for a boy of his age, and under a year of treatment his tolerance to carbohydrate increased threefold. His physical condition improved correspondingly, and it was stated that from a chronic invalid in

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