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September 12, 1931


JAMA. 1931;97(11):791-792. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730110041020

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Influence of Diseases on One Another  It has always been of interest to the clinician to observe whether acute diseases exert an influence on chronic diseases, which may change in manifold ways the customary course either temporarily or more or less permanently. Individual cases, if they are carefully observed and thoroughly analyzed, may yield important results. A case recently reported to the Berliner medizinische Gesellschaft by Professor Umber, a specialist in diabetes, has been referred to as a "surprising therapeutic action of a complicating pneumonia on diabetes of a moderate type." The unusual feature of this case was the fact that a patient who for four years had been affected with moderately severe diabetes had suffered two attacks of pneumonia during this period, with the result that each time, coincident with the height of the pneumonia infection, the diabetes became severe, and then, after the infection subsided, during the convalescence

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