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December 24, 1938


JAMA. 1938;111(26):2395. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790520051011

Notwithstanding the tremendous publicity given to the modern scientific treatment of diabetes, reports continue to appear of deaths following discontinuance of insulin by some patient on the recommendation of osteopaths, Christian science healers, naturopaths and herbalists. The London Lancet (Oct. 8, 1938, p. 849) recently noted such a case:

During an inquest last week it was alleged that a herbalist had dissuaded a diabetic patient from receiving insulin treatment. The deceased, a young man of 22, last year developed symptoms which were attributed to diabetes. A doctor prescribed insulin injections and four or five were given. Afterwards the young man's father, according to his own evidence at the inquest, decided that dietetic treatment would meet the case. Having been treated both by a registered medical practitioner and an osteopath, the patient went to Mr. T. H. Wilbraham of Ellesmere-road, Altrincham, a herbalist. The father told the coroner that Mr. Wilbraham