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Diabetes from the Greek word meaning ‘siphon’

Posted by Laura on April 7, 2010

There was a Greek Physician, ARETAEUS of Cappadocia, where he wrote on the causes and cures of chronic disease such as Diabetes. In the 1st century A. D.  Aretaeus wrote Libri septem – Rufus of Ephesus, as one of his works at the Pneumatic school of physicians in Caesarea. Only his writings from the school survived. This book can currently be purchased from Christies for $4K.

According to our nutrition book, Essentials of Nutrition, (Williams, 2007) Aretaeus wrote of a malady in which the body “ate its own flesh” and gave off large quantities of urine” – this was given the name of Diabetes.

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