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January 1969

Diabetes Mellitus in an Internist: A Vignette

Author Affiliations

Washington, DC
From Research in Nutrition and Clinical Research in Gerontology, Veterans Administration Central Office, Washington, DC.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1969;81(1):115-123. doi:10.1001/archopht.1969.00990010117016

On NOV 20, 1959, while a Senior Investigator at the National Institutes of Health and a commissioned officer in the Public Health Service, I reported to the PHS outpatient clinic in the Health, Education, and Welfare building in Washington for a biennial physical examination. Included were a complete ophthalmoscopic examination, an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) examination, a dental evaluation, physical examination of the chest and abdomen, rectal examination, a sigmoidoscopy, and a complete neurological examination. In addition, in the laboratory a two-hour postprandial blood sugar, serum lipids, blood urea nitrogen, hemoglobin, white blood cell count, differential count, and a complete urinalysis were performed. An x-ray film of the chest and an electrocardiogram were taken. Shortly before noon, I left the clinic having been assured that all was well and that any deviations from normal in the laboratory examinations would be reported to me the following week. None were.


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