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February 27, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLII(9):594. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490540026003

Last week1 we emphasized the necessity for individualization in the directions to be given to diabetic patients, and urged that the method of treatment should be elected in accordance with the form of disturbance of sugar metabolism present. Our comments were founded mainly on the discussion2 of the subject at the New Orleans session of the American Medical Association. In the symposium on diabetes at the recent meeting of the Medical Society of the State of New York,3 this principle of the necessity for treating the individual affected with diabetes and not the diabetes itself, was emphasized by two such excellent therapeutists as Dr. William H. Thompson and Dr. Frederick C. Shattuck. In addition, however, some novel suggestions were advanced with regard to the necessity for more careful clinical differentiation of the varying forms, not alone as regards the "mildness" or "severity" of diabetes, but as to