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February 1932

A Clinical Study of Addison's Disease.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1932;49(2):344. doi:10.1001/archinte.1932.00150090174019

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From a group of "approximately 300 cases in which a diagnosis of Addison's Disease (definite or tentative) had been made during life, or extensive lesions of the suprarenal gland have been found at necropsy," records of 108 patients have been selected and form the basis for this presentation.

While one is not convinced from the case reports that the diagnosis is indisputable in each instance, the authors have had a most unusual opportunity to study and treat this rare malady. Their compilation is particularly fortunate at this time, now that Swingle and Pfiffner and others have isolated a cortical hormone which gives every promise of as much ultimate success in the treatment for Addison's disease as insulin has had in the treatment for diabetes mellitus.

The history of the development of knowledge of Addison's disease before the classic description of Addison (which is reprinted in full) and the modern conceptions

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