16. Urine Tasting Diagnostics
We can’t imagine how challenging diagnosing an illness would have been for the doctors without the modern medical diagnostics involving blood tests, urinalysis, X-Rays, MRI, etc. You would be surprised and a bit grossed out to learn that the dedicated doctors of Medieval Europe went to the extent of tasting the patient’s urine to come up with an accurate diagnosis!
The doctors would usually hold up the urine sample in the light to closely examine its consistency and color. They would also smell and taste it to arrive at a conclusion. Tasting of urine was a popular and rather universal way in the ancient era to ascertain if the patient is suffering from diabetes which was usually distinctly sweet tasting.