Diabetes and the human condition

Stephen R Leeder and Shauna M Downs
Med J Aust 2014; 201 (4): 185-186. || doi: 10.5694/mja14.00943

Adapting to a global dilemma

The treatment of diabetes before insulin therapy tested the skills of the clinician and the commitment of the patient. But by the 1920s, insulin became widely available for the diabetic community in North America.1

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  • Stephen R Leeder1
  • Shauna M Downs2

  • 1 Medical Journal of Australia, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 Menzies Centre for Health Policy, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.


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