The statistical observations in this paper were stimulated by the editorial1 appearing in The Journal on April 8, 1944. The high incidence of diabetes mellitus found by Blotner and his co-workers2 in urban New England warranted a study in another part of the country where other economic, social and racial factors are at work.
This survey is based on 32,033 consecutive selectees processed at the New Orleans Induction Station. Although the number of examinees in our series is only about one third less than in the survey reported by Blotner,2 the number of men with diabetes in our group is much smaller. In our group there were only 37 cases of glycosuria, and of these only 9 appeared to be true diabetes mellitus. Thus our group showed a rate of 1.15 per thousand for glycosuria and slightly less than 0.3 per thousand for diabetes.
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SPELLBERG MA, LEFF WA. THE INCIDENCE OF DIABETES MELLITUS AND GLYCOSURIA IN INDUCTEES: WITH NOTES ON SOME PROBLEMS IN DIAGNOSIS. JAMA. 1945;129(4):246–250. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860380004002
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