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April 15, 1939

SUCCESSFUL TREATMENT OF DIABETIC GIRLS WITH PROTAMINE ZINC INSULIN

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BOSTON

From the George F. Baker Clinic of the New England Deaconess Hospital, Elliot P. Joslin, medical director.

JAMA. 1939;112(15):1440-1441. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800150012003

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Abstract

Criticism adverse to the successful use of protamine zinc insulin in the treatment of diabetes led Dr. Joslin to request a brief summary of our experience with 128 diabetic girls at the Clara Barton Homestead Camp during the summer of 1938. The campers included children of all age groups, durations of diabetes and social classes. Their ages ranged from 5 to 20 years and the duration of diabetes from a few months to seventeen years. Ninety-eight were patients previously treated at the George F. Baker Clinic; thirty were referred from other sources. Of the number, eighty-four paid nothing toward the maintenance of the camp, forty contributed something and four paid the full fee or more.

The rules governing the treatment of our own patients prior to camp had been calories per day prescribed for age, 1,000 in infancy and 100 calories added per year of age up to 2,200

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