Frederick M. Allen was a pioneer in the study of diabetes mellitus (now called "diabetes") and its treatment. This collection
consists of personal and professional materials belonging to Allen, including unpublished manuscripts,newspaper clippings,
pamphlets, correspondence, and a diary.
Frederick M. Allen was an authority of the treatment of diabetes and other metabolic disorders, and was born in 1879 in Des
Moines, Iowa. He studied medicine in California, and eventually received a fellowship at Harvard University to study sugar
consumption. He died in Boston in 1964. He is best known for developing a carbohydrate-restricted, low-calorie diet (called
the "starvation diet") for sufferers of diabetes mellitus, and, in 1921, he opened the Psychiatric Institute in Morristown,
NJ - the world's first clinic for sufferers of diabetes mellitus. The "starvation diet" posited that restricted calorie intake
and engaging in regular exercise would prolong the life of insulin-producing beta cells. His treatment methods were, at the
time, the most successful treatment of diabetes, prior to the availability of insulin in 1923, and he is considered a pioneer
in the field of diabetes study and treatment.
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