THEODORE B. SCHWARTZ, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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For many centuries and until quite recently, the diagnosis of diabetes mellitus has been easy. Aretaeus reported that the patient suffered from "a melting down of the flesh and limbs into urine" and that sooner or later "the melting is rapid, the death speedy." This unsatisfactory state of affairs stirred the continuing interest of physicians and eventually led to the momentous events of 1921. It soon became clear, however, that while insulin treatment rescued the diabetic from a speedy death, it left him liable to later crippling or fatal vascular disease. It has also become clear that there are many
SCHWARTZ TB. Who is a Diabetic?. Ann Intern Med. ;69:161–163. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-69-1-161
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1968;69(1):161-163.
Cardiology, Coronary Risk Factors, Diabetes, Endocrine and Metabolism.
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