Where was diabetes discovered?

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2008-06-24 16:26:12

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


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