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December 1, 1951


JAMA. 1951;147(14):1350-1354. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.73670310009013

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The American Diabetes Association has been considering since August, 1950, the problem of emergency medical care for diabetics in case of disaster. On Dec. 4, 1950, the Committee on Emergency Medical Care was formed, and since then its activities have been given top priority by the association. The need for adequate measures to provide for the health and welfare of the one million known (and estimated one million unknown) diabetics in this country as part of the national security program is recognized by the association. Approximately 70% (700,000) of the diabetics in the United States take insulin daily. Many of them would die in a short time if insulin were not available. The need for prompt and effective treatment of casualties among this group would become particularly critical in event of a major catastrophe, since they would be utterly dependent on a continuing and possibly increased supply of insulin to

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