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February 1937


Author Affiliations


From the George F. Baker Clinic, Elliott P. Joslin, M.D., medical director, at the New England Deaconess Hospital.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1937;59(2):175-195. doi:10.1001/archinte.1937.00170180002001

The conquest of diabetic coma is in sight. During 1929 and 1930 in Stettin, Germany, with a population of 270,000, there was not a single death from diabetic coma.1 Boston cannot make so good a showing, but the following letter from the health commissioner of the city speaks for itself:

March 31, 1936.

My dear Dr. Joslin:

I am happy to report to you that in the City of Boston during 1935 there was not a death from any cause whatsoever in a diabetic under nineteen years of age. During this twelve month period there were in all 288 deaths classified as diabetes and I understand including those with diabetes as a secondary cause 301 deaths.

Yours very truly,

(Signed) William B. Keeler, M.D.

Health Commissioner

In this twelfth paper on diabetic coma we shall (1) present 42 new cases, bringing to 318 the total number of patients treated