John Rollo

  • Alexander Marble


In 1797 there was published in England a book entitled in part, An Account of Two Cases of the Diabetes Mellitus. In it John Rollo, M.D., a surgeon of the Royal Artillery, recorded in detail his observations regarding the course of diabetes in two patients treated by means of a special diet. As a result, his methods of treatment and ideas regarding the origin of diabetes were widely discussed in England and on the Continent with acceptance by some and rejection by others. Rollo has become known as the first, or certainly one of the first, to plan definite diets for diabetic patients.


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  1. 1.
    Moore, N.: Sketch of John Rollo in Dictionary of National Biography, New York, Macmillan Co., 17:169–70, 1909.Google Scholar
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    Rollo, John: Cases of the Diabetes Mellitus, with the Results of the Trials of Certain Acids, and other Substances, in the Cure of the Lues Venerea, 2nd ed., London, T. Giller for C. Dilly, 1798.Google Scholar
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    Allen, Frederick M., Stillman, Edgar, and Fitz, Reginald: Total Dietary Regulation in the Treatment of Diabetes. New York, The Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, Monograph No. 11, 1919. pages 14–20.Google Scholar

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