The Discovery of Insulin

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University of Chicago Press, May 15, 2007 - Health & Fitness - 304 pages
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In a brilliant, definitive history of one of the most significant and controversial medical events of modern times, award-winning historian Michael Bliss brings to light a bizarre clash of scientific personalities. When F. G. Banting and J. J. R. Macleod won the 1923 Nobel Prize for discovering and isolating insulin, Banting immediately announced that he was dividing his share of the prize with his young associate, C. H. Best. Macleod divided his share with a fourth member of the team, J. B. Collip. For the next sixty years medical opinion was intensely divided over the allotment of credit for the discovery of insulin. In resolving this controversy, Bliss also offers a wealth of new detail on such subjects as the treatment of diabetes before insulin and the life-and-death struggle to manufacture insulin.

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As a type 1 diabetic of 44 years' duration, I found this story of the drug that saved my life at the age of 19 fascinating. Insulin is a curious "cure", in that it is no cure at all, and in that it ... Read full review

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Loved this book. it reads like a suspense novel!


Preface 20077
CHAPTER ONE A Long Prelude20
CHAPTER TWO Bantings Idea45

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Michael Bliss is University Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto, a recipient of the Order of Canada, and an honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He is the award-winning author of many books, including William Osler: A Life in Medicine and Harvey Cushing: A Life in Surgery.

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