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October 30, 1915


JAMA. 1915;LXV(18):1556-1557. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02580180060023

Last week's issue of The Journal10 contained a brief historical survey of the purpose which has permeated some of the methods of dietotherapy in diabetes, particularly those which have involved the use of considerable amounts of carbohydrate-containing foods. As is so often the case in medicine, the intent of some of these procedures has been either misunderstood or not taken into consideration at all by those who have attempted to apply them to the human patient, and the results have frequently been unexpected failures. Many physicians have inaugurated the "oatmeal" treatment in the regimen of a diabetic without appreciating that its field of usefulness is admittedly limited, and that it represents, not a permanent sort of dietary, but a vigorously and intelligently instituted temporary mode of therapy intended to develop an increase of carbohydrate tolerance and to diminish a severe impending acidosis and ketonuria. None of the "cereal treatments"