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July 20, 1940


JAMA. 1940;115(3):235. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810290065029

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To the Editor:—  I have just read with interest your editorial on diabetes in Pennsylvania and am glad that you emphasize the importance of this disease as a public health problem.Beginning about 1929, I have again and again called attention to the fact that here was one prevalent disease of later life for which medical science could do much, and that it was the responsibility of the health authorities to assume some leadership by carrying on the necessary educational work among both the general public and the medical profession. I finally induced Dr. Shirley Wynne, at that time city health commissioner, to take the matter up with the New York Academy of Medicine. A special committee, of which Dr. Mosenthal was chairman and of which I was a member, presented a report and this in turn subsequently led to the organization of the New York Diabetes Association. Dr. Ralph

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