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February 20, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLII(8):536-537. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490530038004

Notwithstanding the large amount of research work which has been done on diabetes mellitus and the number of articles which have been written on its physiologic treatment, the disease is still improperly treated by too many physicians. The explanation doubtless lies in the lack of facilities for quantitative examinations of urine, and in the lamentably slow spread of that newer knowledge of the body metabolism, on which the rational treatment of diabetes mellitus is based. In the treatment of diabetes, more than in perhaps any other disease, a little knowledge may be a dangerous thing. At the New Orleans session of the American Medical Association, Osborne, Robinson, Elliott and others1 made some very emphatic statements along this line. It was said, in effect, that, without doubt, many diabetic patients would be better off, would live longer and would live more comfortably were the existence of the disease never discovered

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