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Re: [IPk] history of the insulin pump

>My name is Susan, I am interested in some information about the
>first insulin pump used in America.

Note she's only interested in American pumps :-) How very American :-)
She'll probably not be interested to learn that the first pumps were
trialled in Britain in the late 1970's.


The other day I stumbled across an old letter from my childhood diabetes
specialist to me just after I had started at university. This was 1984. He

"We have had 7 insulin pumps over the last 12 months and they have been
accepted well and the children who have them are not prepared to give them
up! They are not a panacea but if handled in association with frequent
testing can give you extremely good control. As far as children are
concerned the main advantage is the greater freedom which they have using
an insulin pump. Unfortunately these cannot be prescribed on the National
Health Service and our own pumps have been bought from a Research Grant
though the running costs will have eventually to come from the National
Health Service. It is unlikely that whoever organises the Clinic in
Cambridge would have a pump available for you, on the other hand if you buy
one for yourself (approxiately #400) then the ongoing costs might be picked
up by the local physician. You will have to question him about this."


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