What is the history of albinism?

Albinism is a disorder characterized by the absence of pigment in the skin, hair, and eyes. It occurs when someone inherits a recessive gene allele. The term Albino, derived from Latin meaning white or blank, was coined in the 1600's by Balthazar Telez. The disorder is one of the oldest anomalies to exist in history. Telez originated the term while traveling in Africa and seeing African's that were without pigment.