On Fresh Air today Terry interviewed Dr. William Hanson, an anesthesiology professor who has learned to walk into a hospital room and smell for certain diseases. He said that a long time ago, doctors used to diagnose diseases by actually tasting the urine of patients. If the urine was sweet, the patient was often diagnosed with diabetes. Instead of using taste, Hanson has learned the scent of maladies. Diabetes, he says, smells like Juicy Fruit gum on the breath.

The weather today smells, too, like baby shampoo. Like the whole of Seattle is a sweetooth–a coffee berry in El Salvador on a very old tree.

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