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Allen (Frederick M.) collection
MSS.2018.23  
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Description
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 This collection consists of personal and professional materials belonging to Allen, including unpublished manuscripts,newspaper clippings, pamphlets, correspondence, and a diary.
Background
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.
Extent
2.5 Linear Feet (2 cartons)
Restrictions
Copyright has not been assigned to UCSF Archives and Special Collections. All requests for permission to publish or quote from material must be submitted in writing to the Head of Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of UCSF Archives and Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.
Availability
Collection is unprocessed and open for research, but contains one folder of restricted materials, which are in an envelope stamped "RESTRICTED." Folder contains photographs of patients, which is restricted due to HIPAA. The UCSF Archives and Special Collections policy places access restrictions on material with privacy issues for a specific time period from the date of creation. Access to records that contain personal and confidential information about an individual or individuals is restricted for 75 years from date of creation or until the death of the individual mentioned in the records, whichever is longer. Access to medical records is restricted for 100 years from the latest date of the materials in those files.