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History of Neurology: Seminal Citation
October 2006

Diabetic Neuropathies

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Copyright 2006 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2006

Arch Neurol. 2006;63(10):1502-1504. doi:10.1001/archneur.63.10.1502

This essay focuses on 3 issues pertinent to a historical discussion of diabetic neuropathies: ancient observations, 18th- and 19th-century advances, and the discovery of insulin. Given that the underlying biochemical mechanisms of diabetic neuropathy remain poorly understood and that currently used therapies, although seemingly less bizarre than those of the past, are not substantially more effective, the final chapter on the history of diabetic neuropathy remains to be written.