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December 1920


Author Affiliations


From the Medical Clinic and the Nelson Morris Memorial Institute for Medical Research of the Michael Reese Hospital.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1920;26(6):751-758. doi:10.1001/archinte.1920.00100060106006

INTRODUCTION  The effect of diet on the blood sugar of normal individuals was reported by Jacobson1 in 1913 and by Strouse2 in 1915. Bang's monograph3 appeared in 1913 and contains a full discussion of blood sugar, both normal and pathologic. Since 1915, as a result of the perfection of chemical methods easily adaptable to the clinical laboratory, the study of blood sugar has become a clinical procedure. All methods in common use report results in grams per 100 c.c. of total blood or blood plasma; and a large collection of valuable data has resulted, especially in regard to diabetes mellitus and to other pathologic states.Not a great deal of attention has been directed to normal variations, although present methods are so simple that studies of the same individual for a long period of time are easily performed. "Normal" values vary from 0.06 to 0.10 or 0.12 per cent., and

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