Testing for Diabetes – Dr P V Rao
It reminds me of a joke about Dr Abul hasan Siddiqui a great physician and clinician in those days.
We were spared as he was not there when we joined.
Those were the days when laboratory services were only available in the institutions.
How do you assess whether he is a diabetic”.
Dr Siddiqui – “Not available in PHC”.
Dr Siddiqui – ” No, ants may not be there, next what would you do?
The students kept quiet.
Dr Siddiqui then asked the patient to pass urine in a glass and he dipped his
He asked the students to taste the urine and confirm the diagnosis.
All the students dipped their index finger and tasted and confirmed it was sweet.
Dr Siddiqui got annoyed and said “none of you have got observational power. I dipped my index finger and tasted with middle finger- You fools used the same finger to taste”!
He also said “no one tastes urine for sugar, but we depend on clinical symptoms till confirmed by the laboratory”.