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November 19, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(21):1799. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740730063032

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To the Editor:  —In a recent article of mine (Celiac Disease: Its Specific Treatment and Cure Without Nutritional Relapse, The Journal, August 6), MacLean and Sullivan were given credit for first having called attention to the low blood sugar curve in this disease. This was an error.The facts are that T. E. Hess Thaysen of Copenhagen had published a paper on nontropical sprue and pancreatogenous diarrhea (Acta. med. Scandinav.64:292, 1926) in which attention was first called to the low blood sugar curve.Friedrichsen, on reading this paper, suggested that in view of the similarity of the two diseases the carbohydrate metabolism of celiac disease might show something of interest, whereupon Miss Svensgaard investigated the blood sugar curve in a case of celiac disease, under the tutelage of Thaysen, which Thaysen reported at the fortieth Kongress für innere Medizin, held at Wiesbaden in 1928.Thaysen at this time

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