Re: Old Disease Names Frequently Found on Death Certificates: What Would They be Called Today? #general #names

Phil Goldfarb

As a follow up...someone asked me a question if there was an old name for diabetes that might be on a death certificate. The answer is that there is not an old name for diabetes. The term diabetes was probably coined by Apollonius of Memphis around 250 BCE. Diabetes is first recorded in English, in the form diabete, in a medical text written around 1425. It was in 1675 that Thomas Willis added the word “'mellitus'” to the word diabetes. A great question however!

Phil Goldfarb
President, JGS of Tulsa


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