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August 7, 1948

Diabetes Mellitus in General Practice

JAMA. 1948;137(15):1347-1348. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890490075052

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The practitioner of medicine will be impressed with Colwell's "Diabetes Mellitus in General Practice". It is neat in forma and in its content. It is interesting to note that the definition of diabetes, at the beginning of chapter one, reveals the transitory state of knowledge, as far as the underlying cause of the disease is concerned. The old definition with the pentad of symptoms originally described in the Papyrus Ebers, and repeated monotonously up to thirty years ago, is gone; but the definition of tomorrow, the ultimate one, has not yet been written. The background of the diabetic patient is discussed in a satisfactory way. Cases are designated as mild, moderate and severe, depending on the clinical severity of the disease. The time at which diabetes makes its appearance and the severrty of the disease receive due consideration. Classification and diagnosis receive adequate consideration, and this gives the author ample

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