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Diabetic Specialists And Their Patients In The Long Nineteenth Century: Competition For A Cure

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The number of publications dealing with diabetes, by and for professionals and amateurs alike, significantly increased, telling of cases and cures sure to inspire and fascinate. In 1843, in a paper read before the Senior Physical Society of Guys Hospital, Benjamin Ridge pronounced examination of the central lateral portions of the tongue as an easy means of diagnosing diabetes. James Lomax Bardsley, at 22 the youngest person ever elected to the staff of the hospital, composed a monograph in 1832 based on an entry he wrote for the Cyclopaedia of Practical Medicine. Dr. Gull, a renowned clinician and personal physician to the queen, echoed Bernards assertion that the liver was the locus of diabetic disorder. The Family Physician distinguished diabetes insipidus from its more common saccharine cousin in polyuria, remarking on the superabundance of urine passed by the patient and on the absence of sugar in that urine.

Keywords: Benjamin Ridge; diabetes; Dr. Gull; James Lomax Bardsley; saccharine; The Family Physician

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