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Cantani's fifth patient, cured of diabetes with an all meat diet "Francesco Maria R., 60 years old, from Aversa. He was little fond of meat, and hardly ever ate it: no cause but the abuse of flour and sweets: no moral emotions, no sorrows."

Diabetes Mellitus and its dietetic treatment.

OBSERVATION VM Francesco Maria R., 60 years old, from Aversa. He was little fond of meat, and hardly ever ate it: no cause but the abuse of flour and sweets: no moral emotions, no sorrows. Fading and losing weight for a long time, for three or four years, he had experienced a great dryness of the mouth: for a year very great polyuria, extraordinary thirst, and still more rapid emaciation. For six months, glycosuria had been known, and treated with alkalis, without any advantage: the polyuria itself had increased. 


In the first quantitative analysis, on September 20, 1870, Professor Primavera noted 4 liters of very pale urine, with a specific gravity of 1034, with 100 g. of sugar per liter. In the second analysis, 5 liters of urine were found with 550 gr. sugar. On October 2, Professor Buonomo submitted him to my meat cure, with ö gr. lactic acid. After four days, the urine again examined was completely free of sugar: one liter in twenty-four hours: specific gravity 1018; normal color: abundant uric acid. It was at this time, October 2, 1870, that I saw the patient, in consultation with Professors Buonomo and Ramaglia, and Doctors Ruffo and Grimaldi d'Aversa. It was decided to continue the cure, which was done very scrupulously by the patient, although it was a great sacrifice. Every eight or ten days, we redo the examination of the urine, which remained examples of sugar, with a weight of 1017 to 1020, and rich in urea and urates. The cure was thus followed very rigorously until the end of December. The patient then began to eat green vegetables, then fruit: in February a little bread and pasta; and little by little he increased their quantity, preferring beans, peas and lentils to cereals, but eating above all meat and eggs. In June, he began to eat sweets. The glycosuria did not reappear. Even today this gentleman, whom you saw here because he wanted to hear one of my lessons on diabetes, enjoys the best health. His weight has increased by several kilograms, he is strong and healthy. In September 1874, the healing persisted, complements.

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