Medicine: Too Much Insulin?

For a quarter-century, insulin has been the widely used, highly touted treatment for diabetes. This week, doctors were warned to go slow with it. Before the American Chemical Society in Atlantic City, Dr. Michael Somogyi charged that "innumerable" patients now getting large daily doses (50 to 150 units) "are actually victims of chronic insulin poisoning."

Owlish, Hungarian-born Dr. Somogyi is a biochemist in the Jewish Hospital of St. Louis. But he is not an M.D., and so is not allowed to treat patients or see them professionally unless a cooperative doctor leads them into Somogyi's office for consultation. But, "looking over the...

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