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June 1, 1963


JAMA. 1963;184(9):737. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700220113048

Diabetes and Pregnancy.  —In an article published by the University of Brazil, I. Vaissman and C. Fraga Filho call attention to abnormal data in obstetrical history, particularly the occurrence of extra-large fetuses, intra-uterine fetal deaths of unexplained cause, and the repeated episodes of preeclampsia that are so common among patients in whom the presence of diabetes is not recognized. These data demonstrate the possibility of diagnosing diabetes during pregnancy, provided attention is turned to the disease and its investigation. They emphasize the importance of the glycemic curves in case of suspected diabetes and condemn the use of doubtful terms, such as diabetic condition or incipient diabetes.

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