Breakthrough: Elizabeth Hughes, the Discovery of Insulin, and the Making of a Medical Miracle (Google eBook)

Front Cover
Macmillan, Sep 14, 2010 - Medical - 320 pages
11 Reviews

It is 1919 and Elizabeth Hughes, the eleven-year-old daughter of America's most-distinguished jurist and politician, Charles Evans Hughes, has been diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. It is essentially a death sentence. The only accepted form of treatment – starvation – whittles her down to forty-five pounds skin and bones. Miles away, Canadian researchers Frederick Banting and Charles Best manage to identify and purify insulin from animal pancreases – a miracle soon marred by scientific jealousy, intense business competition and fistfights. In a race against time and a ravaging disease, Elizabeth becomes one of the first diabetics to receive insulin injections – all while its discoverers and a little known pharmaceutical company struggle to make it available to the rest of the world.

Relive the heartwarming true story of the discovery of insulin as it’s never been told before. Written with authentic detail and suspense, and featuring walk-ons by William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, and Eli Lilly himself, among many others.


  

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4
4 stars
3
3 stars
4
2 stars
0
1 star
0

Review: Breakthrough: Elizabeth Hughes, the Discovery of Insulin, and the Making of a Medical Miracle

User Review  - Rgauthie - Goodreads

Very interesting story. Took some liberties with the truth, to make a better story, and some of the prose was purple, but, all in all, a worthwhile book to read. Read full review

Review: Breakthrough: Elizabeth Hughes, the Discovery of Insulin, and the Making of a Medical Miracle

User Review  - Lizbomb - Goodreads

Yes, I read this entire book in 1 day. I don't know if that tells more about the quality of the book or my extreme nerdyness, but I do know that I loved this book. I really love medical history, and ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
1 Christ Church Cranbrook Bloomfield Hills Michigan 1981
4
2 Fifth Avenue New York City April 1919
7
3 The Breakfast Room of the Home of Charles Evans Hughes New York City April 1919
13
4 The Library of the Home of Charles Evans Hughes New York City April 1919
20
5 New York City April 1919 Later That Afternoon
28
6 Toronto Canada and Cambrai France 19171918
32
7 War Peace and Politics 19141918
40
20 The American Physiological Society Meeting New Haven Connecticut December 2830 1921
128
21 Success and Failure The University of Toronto January 1922
137
22 Failure and Success The University of Toronto February to April 1922
147
23 Honeymoon Cottage Hamilton Bermuda January to July 1922
154
24 Patents Partnership and Pancreases Indianapolis and Toronto April to August 1922
165
25 Fame and Famine Summer 1922
175
26 Four Trunks Washington DC August 1922
184
27 Escape from Morristown August 1922
190

8 Glens Falls New York April 1920
43
9 The Idea of the Physiatric Institute May 1920
50
10 Bantings House in London Ontario October 3031 1920
56
11 Toronto or Bust October 1920 to April 1921
64
12 Presidential Politics 1916 and 1920
72
13 The Physiatric Institute Morristown New Jersey 1921
80
14 The University of Toronto Summer 1921
85
15 Washington DC and Bolton New York March to September 1921
97
16 The Washington Conference November 12 1921 to February 6 1922
102
17 The Physiatric Institute Morristown New Jersey November 1921
106
18 The University of Toronto September to December 1921
111
19 The Crossroads of America Indianapolis Indiana 19191921
118
28 The Transformation Begins Toronto August to November 1922
195
29 Crossing the Line Aboard the SS Pan America August to September 1922
208
30 Fate Fortune and Forgetting September to December 1922
215
31 The Nobel Prize and Beyond
225
32 The Emergence of Elizabeth Gossett
238
Diabetes and Insulin Today
245
Notes and Sources
249
Endnotes
255
Bibliography
283
Acknowledgments
293
Index
297
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2010)

THEA COOPER is an author, playwright, editor and teacher. ARTHUR AINSBERG is an author and financial industry veteran whose successful battle with Hodgkin's disease sparked his interest in medical history.

Bibliographic information