Elliott Proctor Joslin was born in Oxford, Massachusetts back in 1869. He was educated at the Leicester Academy, Yale College and Harvard Medical School. After graduation he opened he medical practice in 1908. He carried out extensive metabolic balance studies examining fasting and feeding in patients.
He especially kept records regarding the benefit of carbohydrate and calorie restricted diets. Patents were admitted to units at New England Deaconess Hospital, helping to initiate a program to help train nurses to supervise the rigorous diet program. He died in Brookline, Massachusetts in 1962 he was 92.
What you may not know about Elliott is that he was the first doctor to specialize in diabetes and the founder of Joslin Diabetes Center. It was the world’s first diabetes care facility, and today maintains its place as the largest diabetes clinic in the world. In 1916, he wrote the first textbook on diabetes in the English Language. The first hospital blood glucose monitoring system for pre-meal testing was developed under Elliott’s direction, the forerunner of the modern glucometer.
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