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January 8, 1927


JAMA. 1927;88(2):111. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680280041019

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Insulin and the Antivivisectionists  Mr. Stephen Coleridge, a well known antivivisectionist, has argued in the Times that the discovery of insulin has not been of value in the treatment of diabetes, because the death rate from diabetes has not declined since its introduction. He quotes the registrar general as stating in his last report that the mortality from diabetes "has risen again to a high level notwithstanding the introduction of insulin treatment." This has drawn a cogent reply from Prof. T. R. Elliott, F.R.S., and Sir Walter Morley Fletcher, F.R.S., secretary of the medical research council, who, while admitting that the mortality has not been notably bettered, point out that the statisticians on the staff of the medical research council have analyzed the figures and correlated them with the known sales of insulin. The conclusion drawn from them, which has already been published, is that insulin is not used throughout

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