Over three hundred years ago, Thomas Willis, the English anatomist and physician, identified a disease characterized by “sweet urine” and attributed its etiology to “prolonged sorrow” (Willis, 1674). Both the symptom and its presumed antecedent remain today as constituents of the disorder called diabetes mellitus. During the intervening centuries, however, diabetes has been seen not as one disorder but as many clinical states; its interrelationships with emotional factors have become increasingly controversial; and-with the advent of the use of insulin-it has shifted from a fatal to a controllable condition.


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