Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Reports of Visits to Foreign Laboratories, vol. 5 (1926-27) [Illustrated Typoscript in 7 volumes] Reproduced with the kind permission of Dr. Cecil E. Leith
Benedict, Francis Gano
Private Clinic. 
Professor Karl von Noorden. 
The chief attraction at Frankfurt in connection with metabolism was, of 
course, Professor von Noorden. An arrangement was likewise made for me to 
lecture there. We went to lunch with Professor and Mrs. von Noorden (see 
figures 98 and 99) and talked with him. He discussed extensively the low 
protein diet of Petren. He thinks that men become "sensitive to protein" by 
having too low a protein intake, for protein is really needed for all the 
cells. Von Noorden had obtained the same results as Petren obtained from his 
low-protein high-fat diet, by giving his subjects fat-free meat and carbohydrate. 
In a few. days he had secured the same result as Petren, who required months on 
a diet high in fat and low in protein. Von Noorden considered protein, in a 
sense, as a vitamine. 
He had been able to bring people out of coma without insulin, but had not 
had patients in coma for many years. He thought it was undesirable to employ 
insulin, for there was the danger of getting hypoglycemia or at least a relative 
hypoglycemia. He said he would testify in court that it was criminal not to 
use insulin, but he was personally so skilled in handling diabetics he preferred 
not to use it. His handling did not result so quickly in results as with 
insulin, but he believes it better to begin with insulin after the patient is 
out of coma, as it helps more. He still believes strongly in his old diets. 
I found him very bitter against Falta. He stated that Falta published 
stuff he got from him (von Noorden) but gives him no credit. He is "all through" 
with Falta and says that Falta's position in Vienna is always decreasing and 
is becoming smaller and smaller. 
Von Noorden’s clinic is controlled, he states, by a society and the thing


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