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April 1, 1933


JAMA. 1933;100(13):1052. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740130056026

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Experiments on Diabetes with Diathermy of the Pancreas  After long experimentation, Prof. Alexander Korányi and Dr. Zoltán Rausch succeeded in reducing the blood sugar in healthy subjects and also in diabetic patients by means of diathermy of the pancreas. The degree of reduction is slight as yet but is nevertheless encouraging. In cases of mild diabetes, the systematic use of diathermy of the pancreas with sittings of half an hour to an hour before the principal meals improved carbohydrate tolerance. In rather severe cases of diabetes, diathermy of the pancreas had not the slightest result, so that Professor Korányi refrained from repeating the experiments on such patients. Under the action of diathermy, the insulin production of the pancreas could be increased and, hand in hand with this, the glycolytic power of the blood, Korányi and Rausch concluded that, if there exists a sufficient quantity of interstitial cells, diathermy of the

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