Progress Towards an Implantable Glucose Sensor and an Artificial Beta Cell

  • J. S. Soeldner
  • K. W. Chang
  • S. Aisenberg
  • John M. Hiebert
Part of the ALZA Conference Series book series (ALZA, volume 2)


Diabetes mellitus is a relatively common disease which finds itself entering into the 1970’s with many perplexing problems. Fortunately for a great many diabetic patients, insulin has been available for clinical use for slightly over 50 years. Before the availability of this therapeutic hormone, the young juvenile onset diabetic patient could scarcely anticipate more than 2 years of life after onset of the disease. Prior to 1922, the somewhat older, less severe diabetic patient faced a great many problems with his diabetes but did tend to survive for a considerably longer period of time than the juvenile diabetic, but obviously the quality of life for that patient was far from optimal. The availability of insulin changed the total outlook towards this disease quite markedly.


Blood Glucose Diabetic Patient Beta Cell Serum Insulin Insulin Response 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. S. Soeldner
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • K. W. Chang
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • S. Aisenberg
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • John M. Hiebert
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.E. P. Joslin Research Laboratory, Department of MedicinePeter Bent Brigham Hospital and Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  2. 2.Space Sciences DivisionWhittaker CorporationWalthamUSA
  3. 3.The Joslin Diabetes Foundation, Inc.BostonUSA
  4. 4.Department of SurgeryBoston University Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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