Where was diabetes discovered?
The term diabetes (is Greek) was coined by Aretaeus of
Cappadocia (he practiced medicine about 100 AD). It is derived from
the Greek word, diabaínein that literally means "passing through,"
or "siphon", a reference to one of diabetes' major
symptoms-excessive urine production. In 1675, Thomas Willis added
the word mellitus, from the Latin meaning "honey", a reference to
the sweet taste of the urine. This sweet taste had been noticed in
urine by the ancient Greeks, Chinese, Egyptians, and Indians. In
1776, Matthew Dobson confirmed that the sweet taste was because of
an excess of a kind of sugar in the urine and blood of people with