Medicine: Insulin for Tuberculosis?

The originator of physiatric hospitals,* Dr. Frederick Madison Allen of Morristown, N. J., last week suggested (with reservations) that insulin be used to treat tuberculosis. Insulin, he observed, ''serves for more than mere carbohydrate [sugars, starches] utilization. It is the hormone of assimilation and anabolism. In this capacity it plays a well-recognized role in the resistance to infection, as is illustrated by the susceptibility of diabetic patients to infections and the restoration of resistance by insulin. Patients with uncontrolled diabetes particularly lack resistance to tuberculosis." Certain European investigators have tentatively...

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