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December 19, 1936


JAMA. 1936;107(25):2070. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770510060024

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To the Editor:—  In The Journal, Sept. 19, 1936, appeared a contribution "Delivery and Care of the New-Born Infant of the Diabetic Mother," by Drs. Lawrence M. Randall and Edward H. Rynearson of Rochester, Minn. Their observations are of such importance that they should not be overlooked. Their experiences demonstrate the occurrence of certain signs and symptoms associated with hypoglycemia in babies of diabetic mothers. It is not only true, as they suggest, that some deaths in infants born of nondiabetic mothers may be associated with hypoglycemic conditions, but undoubtedly the signs and symptoms such as they describe are rather frequently seen in babies of nondiabetic inheritance.In their cases there were valid reasons for attributing their etiology to malfunction of the pancreas. In infants of nondiabetic mothers, although as has been reported in the literature the pancreas may be at fault, one will probably as a rule need to

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