GARFIELD G. DUNCAN, M.D., F.A.C.P.
There is a wide disparity in the mortality rates from diabetic coma, varying from approximately 1 per cent to as much as 50 per cent in presumably reputable hospitals. Low mortality rates are widely publicized but high rates are not. It is a safe conjecture that high rates would not be uncommon in a country-wide survey. If this surmise is correct, it would appear that fatalities from diabetic coma occur for want of an early diagnosis and early treatment, for want of specially trained personnel, and possibly, but not so likely, for want of laboratory facilities or a combination of
DUNCAN GG. DIABETIC COMA—A THERAPEUTIC PROBLEM1. Ann Intern Med. ;37:1188–1196. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-37-6-1188
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1952;37(6):1188-1196.
Cardiology, Coronary Risk Factors, Diabetes, Endocrine and Metabolism.
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