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

 

 

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Review

I read this over a recent vacation and it was a great overview of the human drama surrounding the great discovery of insulin.  Anyone interested in scientific history or with diabetes would enjoy reading this book.

 

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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.

 

 

 

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