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April 2, 1949


Author Affiliations

Secretary, American Diabetes Association, 1 Nevins St., Brooklyn.

JAMA. 1949;139(14):954-955. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02900310058023

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To the Editor:—  In regard to the most interesting letter of Dr. R. W. Brown of Ogden, Utah, regarding the advisability of placing into the hands of the laity a simple test for glycosuria to facilitate early and widespread detection of diabetes mellitus (The Journal, February 12, page 474), as Secretary of the American Diabetes Association I should like to call attention to the fact that this fascinating proposal is not new and has recently been called to the attention of the Council of the American Diabetes Association by the profession itself. It has been advised that just as the clinical thermometer, given by the profession to the laity, has been well used by the latter, so might a simple test for glycosuria made available to the entire population by the medical profession serve to break the problem of finding the unknown million persons with diabetes in this country. It

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