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August 10, 1963

Hypoglycemia Resulting from Insecticide Poisoning-Reply

JAMA. 1963;185(6):545. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03060060142032

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It is indeed unfortunate that there is a highly charged atmosphere concerning pesticides. However, it is our contention that the air could best be cleared by accumulation of scientific data. Suppression of information, even if it is circumstantial, will not help to solve this problem nor save any lives.

Although books have been written on parathion, its effect on blood sugar has never been investigated. There are numerous other instances, in which biochemical or physiological effects of a drug or poison escaped detection during animal experimentation or did not occur in the species studied. We are aware that these data are only a first approach to the problem of chronic and acute effects of parathion on the blood sugar of animals and man. The major purpose of the article is to stimulate accumulation of more data on the possible exposure to insecticides in patients with hypoglycemia and on the role

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