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C. W. PURDY, M.D., LL.D.
JAMA. 1898;XXXI(23):1329-1333. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450230001001.
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I have been greatly honored by this society in an invitation to present before its members some of my views upon diabetes. While such a task is by no means an unpleasant one, in view of the great intrinsic interest of the subject, the importance of the class of cases in clinical practice and, lastly, the familiarity of the picture to my mind, in consequence of having with considerable care and thought gone over this field with special interest for a number of years. I must, however, confess some hesitation in the undertaking, since very divergent views have been held upon the subject by so many eminent observers, not only as to the etiology and pathology of the disease, but also as regards its proper management. In addition to this the literature of the disease—which is prodigious in volume—is yet so inharmonious and even contradictory, as a whole, that it


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