Dr Cantani's eighth patient, Mr Filoteo V. De Furci, develops diabetes from "a diet almost exclusively starchy" and thereafter "he made a very rigorous cure of 53 days, eating a kilogram of meat a day" curing his diabetes and his rheumatism.
October 8, 1872
Diabetes mellitus and its dietetic treatment.
OBSERVATION VIII. Mr. Filoteo V. de Furci (Chieti), 51 years old. He discovered diabetes in April 1871, after a period of indefinite discomfort: a diet almost exclusively starchy. He came to Naples, where, on October 4, Primavera found 60 gr. of sugar per liter of urine, and about 4 liters of urine per day. He was as thin as possible, very weak, impotent, suffering from thirst and hunger. He made a very rigorous cure of 53 days, eating a kilogram of meat a day: then gradually returned, following the rules laid down, to mixed food. On October 8, 1872, he returned to Naples, and the definitive disappearance of glycosuria was noted; MV was stronger than before being diabetic, and free from rheumatism to which he was prone in the past. Here is a patient to whom lactic acid did not give rheumatism, as Foster fears. In September 1874, the healing was maintained complete.