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July 24, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXIX(4):192. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440300044008

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It has been claimed in a number of quarters without the claimants presenting statistical evidence, that there has been, during the last few years, a very distinct increase in the number of cases of diabetic mellitus in private and hospital practice, and while statistics in regard to private practice are difficult to obtain, there can be no doubt that this condition is far more frequently met with today by the general practitioner and the specialist in diseases of the urinary organs and nervous system than it was some years ago. That the disease is on the increase seems to be proved beyond doubt by a number of statistical papers which have recently appeared. As long ago as 1895 Lepine, in the Revue de Médecine, in a paper upon "The Geographic Distribution of Diabetes Mellitus," showed that in Paris the increase in this disease was quite extraordinary. Thus from 1865 to

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