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The Fate of Diabetic Patients
The large number of patients with diabetes (their number in Berlin is estimated at 8,000, and in all Germany at 100,000), who, on account of the long duration of their illness, make, on the average, the heaviest drain on the finances of the krankenkassen, causes the question as to their fate to be important from the standpoint of public health. In an address by Professor Umber, director of the department of internal diseases at the Krankenhaus Westend, before the Berliner Medizinische Gesellschaft, he emphasized that insulin (provided the dosage is carefully adjusted to the needs of the individual), in combination with a suitable diet, assures an "optimal, enduring result." In contrast with genuine pancreatic diabetes, there are other forms of sugar excretion that are harmless, that may cause temporary or long-continued sugar excretions and yet do not require dietary and insulin treatment; but the number
BERLIN. JAMA. 1932;98(13):1098. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730390052021
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