There are no statistics that I have been able to find concerning the frequency of glycosuria, and the incidence of its not unusual sequel, diabetes, is calculated chiefly from mortality figures and hospital records. The results so obtained vary greatly. Naunyn says, in his book on diabetes, that almost any figures desired can be selected from various estimates, and that only out of courtesy to the authors does he quote any of them. Osler states, in his ``Practice of Medicine,'' that among 99,000 patients admitted to the medical wards and medical dispensary of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, there were 226 cases of diabetes, or 228 per 100,000 of medical admissions. The last report of mortality statistics by the United States Census Bureau shows, between 1901 and 1905, a yearly average of 11.6 deaths from diabetes per 100,000 of population. These figures show how difficult it is
BARRINGER TB. THE INCIDENCE OF GLYCOSURIA AND DIABETES IN NEW YORK CITY BETWEEN 1902 AND 1907: WITH A REPORT OF TWO CASES OF ESSENTIAL PENTOSURIA. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1909;III(4):295–298. doi:10.1001/archinte.1909.00050150026004
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