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Discovery of Insulin

Discovery of Insulin - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-0226058993

Cover of Discovery of Insulin 2ND 07 (ISBN 978-0226058993)
ISBN13: 978-0226058993
ISBN10: 0226058999
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 07
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Published: 2007
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Discovery of Insulin - 2ND 07 edition

ISBN13: 978-0226058993

Michael Bliss

ISBN13: 978-0226058993
ISBN10: 0226058999
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 07
Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Published: 2007
International: No
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 In this now-classic study Michael Bliss unearths a wealth of material ranging from scientists' unpublished memoirs to the confidential appraisals of insulin by members of the Nobel Committee.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: because 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''

Author Bio

Michael Bliss is University Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: What Happened at Toronto?
1. A Long Parade
2. Banting's Idea
3. The Summer of 1921
4. "A Mysterious Something"
5. Triumph
6. "Unspeakably Wonderful"
7. Resurrection
8. Who Discovered Insulin?
9. Honouring the Prophets
10. A Continuing Epilogue
Notes Sources
Index

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