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Elliott P. Joslin

Born: Jun 6, 1869

Death: Jan 28, 1962

Birthplace: Oxford

Profession: Physician

Nationality: United States

Elliott P. Joslin

Date of Birth : Jun 6, 1869
Date of Death : Jan 28, 1962
Birth Place : Oxford

Elliott Proctor Joslin, M.D. was the first doctor in the United States to specialize in diabetes and was the founder of today’s Joslin Diabetes Center. Dr. Joslin was involved for seven decades in most every aspect of diabetes investigation and treatment, save for the fact that he did not discover insulin. Following the Toronto group's blockbuster discovery of insulin in 1921, and the group's disbanding several years later, Joslin became effectively the Dean of diabetes mellitus. In the mid 1920s, Joslin, in his mid 50s, took the reigns as the world spokesman for the "cause of diabetes." He was the first to advocate for teaching patients to care for their own diabetes, an approach now commonly referred to as "DSME" or Diabetes Self-Management Education. He is also a recognized pioneer in glucose management, identifying that tight glucose control leads to fewer and less extreme complications.


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  • Elliott Joslin
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