1922 – 1923
Patient JL was a patient of Dr. William McKim Marriott at the St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Prior to the first photograph, he was diagnosed with diabetes for two years and was on a typical starvation diet of the period. He weighed 15 lbs on December 7, 1922.
The second photograph was taken Feb 26, 1923 when he weighed 30 pounds and was on a diet of 55 grams of carbohydrate, 85 grams of protein, and 100 grams of fat. Over the three months he was treated with insulin, his dosage was reduced from 75 units to 15 units, believed to be an indication of an increasing carbohydrate tolerance due to the insulin.
[Note: contrary to many internet postings who mistake this child for Leonard Thompson, this is not Leonard Thompson.]