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August 20, 1932


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Sewickley, Pa.

JAMA. 1932;99(8):674. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740600066032

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To the Editor:  —Charity patients in diabetic clinics seldom can afford to buy scales, yet weighed diets are conducive and at times indispensable to the treatment of diabetes. To supply this want, some of my patients in the diabetic section of the Falk Clinic, conducted by the University of Pittsburgh, constructed balance scales with metal picked out of the scrap piles, at the initial cost of 2½ cents. They are assembled by unemployed men and are calibrated to weigh within half a gram, by an expert, again unemployed.A number of these scales were finished, as shown in the accompanying illustration, and distributed to deserving patients. Beneficial results immediately became apparent, and in addition to the increased interest on the part of the entire group in their dietetic problems, patients were provided with an accurate means of weighing their total caloric intake regardless of their financial condition.The social service