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This well-written monograph is based on the author's own observations of 640 diabetic patients who had neurological examinations for one reason or another. This figure represents 23% of a total of 2,729 cases seen at the University Hospital in Leipzig. The overall morbidity for diabetes in the community in 1958, was 6.3% of the population. For this reason, diabetes is considered a highly significant disease of the population.
No children under 14 years are reported in the author's cases of diabetic neuropathy, but this seems unimportant, inasmuch as neuropathies are quite rare in children. Seventy-seven per cent of his cases were between the age of 50 and 80 years. The incidence of diabetic neuropathy is higher in women than in men (2:1). The author has not used electrodiagnostic methods for reasons of choice or necessity. He states that laboratory methods are not needed for the diagnosis of diabetic neuropathy.
Paul F. A. Hoefer. Neuropathia Diabetica.. Arch Neurol. 1964;11(3):338. doi:10.1001/archneur.1964.00460210116017