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Experiments with Diabetic Urine on Rabbits.

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By MARSTON ALICE TWEED. . (Thesis in Bacteriology. , Univ. of Penn., 1927..)

Ann Intern Med. 1928;1(9):740. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-1-9-740_1
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The cause of diabetes has attracted little attention, either clinically or experimentally. Certain experiments by D. H. Bergey at the University of Pennsylvania seemed to point to a filtrable virus as the direct causative agent. His conclusions were so revolutionary that further study and experiment along the same lines seemed desirable. Numerous investigators have thought that diabetes is possibly contagious, basing this belief on the fact that the disease often occurs in husband and wife, nurse and patient, and children in the same family. However, such coincidences may be explained on other grounds, familial susceptibility, faulty hygienic habits or pure


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