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1500 BC

Ebers Papyrus

first describes

the symptoms

of diabetes


400 BC

Susruta records

the symptoms

and classifies types

of diabetes


6 AD

Charaka refines

the work

of Susruta


10 AD

Celsus develops

a clinical


of diabetes  


20 AD

Aretaeus coins

the term




Paul Langerhans identifies clusters

of cells (islets of Langerhans)

in the pancreas



Von Mering and Minkowski

observe that

diabetes develops

when an animal's pancreas

is removed



Banting & Best

isolate secretion from animal pancreas (insulin) and inject

into diabetic dog,

to find a fall

in blood sugar!

Diabetes Quick History

disc insulin