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[Preview] Sugar and the epidemics of obesity, type 2 diabetes and metabolic disease

February 29, 2020

You could actually go back in time
to the very beginnings of this epidemic. And Elliott Joslin was there. So, Elliott Joslin became,
in the 20th century, became the leading authority in diabetes
in the United States, the god of diabetes. But when he was a young, had just graduated
from med school at Harvard in 1894 and as a young doctor in 1898, he went
back with his colleague Reginald Fitz, who was a Harvard pathologist,
very famous at the time. And they examined all the inpatient records
at Massachusetts General Hospital going back to when it opened in 1824 and they wanted to figure out,
they wanted to identify every single case of diabetes at Massachusetts General and try to understand how to treat
this disease and how it progresses, by looking at what they had seen
in the case records. So, they identified 48,000 handwritten
patient records over 74 years. And Joslin in this article
talked about going through, patiently, going through these
handwritten records. And the question I asked physicians is, “How many cases of diabetes do you think
they saw in 40,000 patients, in 74 years in the major Massachusetts hospital?” And the answer is 172 cases in 74 years.


  • Reply briannaxosjv February 1, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    This was an absolute waste of time to watch. Exactly what purpose did this video serve?

  • Reply Kat Williams February 1, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    I was waiting for info on the subject's title but he never spoke about it. I'm out of here. A click-bait to no where's ville if ever there was one.๐Ÿ˜•

  • Reply February 1, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    Very compelling, looks like you need to follow the link in the description.

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