Medicine: Diabetes Up?

Into the town hall of Oxford, Mass. (pop. 4,983) moved a team of doctors and nurses. They set up a laboratory in the basement, and began to take blood and urine tests of Oxford's citizens. Soon word spread through the town that the U.S. Public Health Service had chosen Oxford (birthplace of Nurse Clara Barton) as a typical town for the first intensive U.S. hunt for undiagnosed diabetes.

Last week Oxford—and the U.S.—got the worrisome news. The investigators had tested 3,516 men, women & children. Two percent of the people of Oxford had diabetes. Of these, nearly half (30 people) had no...

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