WILLIAM ALLAN, M.D.
The impression prevails that diabetes mellitus is in some degree hereditary. In discussing this matter Joslin1 cites the frequency of a history of diabetes in grandparents, parents, uncles, aunts, and children as the group of relatives indicating hereditary tendencies, and the frequency of diabetes in siblings and cousins as indicating familial occurrence of diabetes. In two series of diabetic persons numbering 2,800 and 2,646 he finds the frequency of a history of diabetes in the "hereditary group" to be 15 per cent and 17 per cent respectively. His figures for the familial occurrence of diabetes in his two series are
ALLAN W. Heredity in Diabetes1. Ann Intern Med. ;6:1272–1274. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-6-10-1272
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1933;6(10):1272-1274.
Cardiology, Coronary Risk Factors, Diabetes, Endocrine and Metabolism.
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