Historical Aspects of Diabetes and Diabetic Renal Disease

  • Torsten Deckert


The eldest description of the diabetic syndrome is seen in Papyrus Ebers from Luxor in Egypt about 1550 BC. The term diabetes, however, was coined by the roman physician Aretæus of Cappadokia 200 AD.[1]. He wrote: “Diabetes is a wonderful affection, not very frequent among men, being a melting down of the flesh and limbs into urine, the patients never stop making water, but the flow in incessant, as if opening of aqueducts, life is short, disgusting and painful”.


Diabetic Nephropathy Historical Aspect Diabetic Renal Disease Diabetic Syndrome Diabetic Vascular Disease 
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  • Torsten Deckert
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  1. 1.Steno Diabetes CenterCopenhagenDenmark

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