Summary: When insulin was discovered in the early 1920s even jaded professionals marveled at how it brought starved sometimes comatose diabetics back to life. In this now-classic study Michael Bliss unearths a wealth of material ranging from scientists' unpublished memoirs to the confidential appraisals of insulin by members of the Nobel Committee. He also resolves a longstanding controversy dating to the awarding of the Nobel to F. G. Banting and J. J. R. Macleod for their work on insulin: b ...show moreecause each insisted on sharing the credit with an additional associate medical opinion was intensely divided over the allotment of credit for the discovery. 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 it. ''The definitive history . . . well written highly readable.''--''London'''' Review of Books'' ''The story of insulin's discovery ought to be a novel . . . but Michael Bliss's splendid account is just as absorbing as any fiction.''--''Isis'' ''Bliss's excellent account of the insulin story is a rare dissection of the anatomy of scientific discovery and serves as a model of how rigorous historical method can correct the myths and legends sometimes perpetrated in the scientific literature.''--''New Republic'' ''Scrupulously researched and compellingly readable . . . I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone with an interest in diabetes medical history or medical scandal and gossip.''--''British Medical Journal'' ...show lessEdition/Copyright: 2ND 07
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