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1896. Excerpt: ... ON DIABETES MELLITDS. Gentlemen, --We have had
in our Ward lately a number of cases of diabetes mellitus,
distinctly greater than usual, and we find on inquiry that a
similar experience has fallen to the physicians in other parts of
our Infirmary. On inquiring of Dr Gillespie, our Medical Eegistrar,
I found that for the last seven years the numbers of cases treated
for this disease in the hospital have been as follows: --1888-89,
16; 1889-90, 17; 1890-91, 23; 1891-92, 27; 1892-93, 32; 1893-94,
42; 1894-95, 30. It will therefore be seen that there has been a
very considerable increase in the number of cases admitted during
the last three years. Dr Gillespie has further pointed out to me
that there were three periods during which these cases were
specially numerous, viz., October and November 1891, December and
January 189293, and February and March 1894. It is noteworthy that
each of these periods coincides with or follows periods during
which epidemic influenza was noted to be specially prevalent.
Eemembering the depressing effect of influenza on the bodily
nutrition, we are not surprised at such results. Doubtless
influenza has left other affections in its train, and doubtless
also certain of our cases of diabetes mellitus can be shown to be
ascribable to other etiological factors, but the special frequence
of diabetes during late years, and its association, as regards
time, with influenza, are well worthy of remark. The case of
diabetes mellitus which I propose to discuss with you to-day is
that of a man, T. L., aet. 50, a labourer, who was admitted to the
Infirmary on 31st October 1895. His complaints were that he was
always hungry and very thirsty, and that he had to make water with
great frequency. His family history is fairly satisfactory, showing
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