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THE OCCURRENCE OF DIABETES DURING PREGNANCY IN A WOMAN BEARING LARGE BABIES

Harold Bowcock, M.D.; James R. McCord, M.D.
JAMA. 1930;94(24):1917-1918. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.27120500002011b.
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The interesting observation that the babies of diabetic mothers are often oversize has been recorded occasionally in medical literature. Of six babies born of diabetic mothers, at term, Bowen1 reports that their weights were 6, 7 and 10 pounds; 9 pounds 2 ounces; 10 pounds 6 ounces, and 10 pounds 10 ounces. Springer2 quotes the finding of Colorni that 19.5 per cent of the fetuses of diabetic mothers are oversize. Joslin3 records the opinion of Blanco that a fat baby born dead suggests the examination of the parents for diabetes, and states that these observations correspond to the overgrowth that he has noted in children previous to the onset of diabetes.4

The appearance of true diabetes with typical symptoms and hyperglycemia is a more frequent occurrence during pregnancy than the occurrence of pregnancy in a diabetic individual.5 Strouse and Daly6 suggest that some women

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