Students of diabetes are familiar with the fact that the onset of diabetic glycosuria often follows a history of acute infection in the patient. The bibliography of the subject is far too extensive to be reviewed here. A few typical quotations will serve to stress the salient features. For example, Geyelin1 stated that he had seen eight cases in which the diabetes arose within five weeks after an acute infection. White,2 in her study of a hundred diabetic children, found that only 2 per cent did not have a history of acute infections preceding the onset of the diabetes. It seems to be well accepted that diabetes, even in a fulminating form, can follow acute infectious diseases such as typhoid, scarlet fever, cholera, influenza, diphtheria, tonsillitis, malaria, syphilis and rheumatic fever.
A new significance to such observations has been given by the recent researches of Williams and Dick