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August 28, 1897

Increase of Diabetes.

JAMA. 1897;XXIX(9):450-451. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440350048011

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Milton, Del., Aug. 12, 1897.

To the Editor:  —In the Journal of Aug. 7, 1897, I notice a communication from Dr. Ball of Philadelphia, Pa., calling the attention of the profession to the alarming increase of that dread and fatal disease, diabetes. One of his reasons assigned was the increased population of Jews in this country, and, he says, that the presentation of patients with that class of diseases to the hospitals far outnumbers that of any other nationality. His observation is without a doubt correct, but in this part of our country, where there is no other nationality except the native born, I find the same thing among us. So you see, that it is not confined to the Jews alone, but the gentile world as well. There is a cause for this. What may affect the Jews in their country and cause such troubles may not be a

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