Medicine: Sugar High

In Philadelphia, for more than ten years, Mrs. Elka Abrams worked day & night to support five children. Husky, hungry Mrs. Abrams weighed 200 lb.. habitually dined on bread and potatoes, for they were cheap and filling. But not all human machines can burn such excessive quantities of starchy fuel as Elka Abrams stowed away and by the time she was 55 Mrs. Abrams was a victim of advanced diabetes. Fortnight ago, having shrunk to half her former size, she slipped into a diabetic coma, was bundled out of her house by police and...

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