In a preceding article, the subject of hereditary tendency in diabetes1 was discussed, with the concluding thought that diabetic patients present certain physical characteristics, and that these characteristics in reality are constitutional watermarks.
In searching further for etiologic factors in diabetes, I made a survey of all preceding diseases in a group of 226 diabetic patients. This survey deals especially with infectious diseases experienced prior to the onset of diabetes, and is part of a general study concerning the relationship of acute infection to chronic diseases.
To this end, a statistical study of the history of the disease was made in 1,530 unselected medical cases. From these patients my co-workers and I obtained a complete history of all the known previous diseases. Each patient was given a questionnaire to be filled in at home, with the assistance of the family, which we believe increases the accuracy of such
BARACH JH. ETIOLOGIC FACTORS IN DIABETES: PAPER II. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1927;39(5):636–642. doi:10.1001/archinte.1927.00130050033004
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