So we’ve covered the fact that Thomas Edison was diabetic (I don’t know about you – but that came as quite a surprise for me!), but in one of the books about juvenile diabetes I checked out, there was a bit of history. I don’t mean past treatments, diagnosis, etc. This stuff is pretty cool; I Googled it for more information after reading it.
First off, Hesy-Ra was an Egyptian doctor and in 1552 B.C.E. he described a patient that needed to use the restroom often. Diabetes much? Some people believe he was describing a case of diabetes, before we called it that and before we knew what it was. This could just be me, but I find that really interesting. Also, the book states that doctors in India and China also saw patients with similar symptoms around the same time.
You may already know this, as it is fairly general, but it was first called diabetes about 100 to 175 C.E.
The first human to receive insulin (diabetic) was Leonard Thompson in January 1922. He was eleven at the time (that was when I was diagnosed – must have been weird to be getting the first of such a treatment).
Anyone else have some interesting facts about juvenile diabetes in the past? Pretty cool stuff J