Charts give one in the easiest and quickest way a fund of information concerning a case. In many febrile diseases valuable impressions are often gained if the whole course of the temperature is before one's eyes. This applies to diseases of long duration, such as diabetes mellitus, if it can be simply charted. This can be done, and the ones I show contain all the information necessary, and yet are not too cumbersome. They tell you what you have done, when you did it, and the results.
The upper half of my charts shows in unbroken lines the number of grams of the three food elements ingested, and their total caloric value. The lower half shows in broken lines the urine analyses, and hence the condition of your patient on the selected diet.
For further ease of reading, colored crayons are used. The continuous red line above shows the number
SHERMAN DH. SOME INTERESTING FACTS PLAINLY BROUGHT OUT BY A CHART METHOD OF STUDYING AND MANAGING CASES OF DIABETES MELLITUS IN CHILDREN. Am J Dis Child. 1916;XI(1):20–22. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1916.04110070023003
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