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Discovery of Insulin

ISBN-10: 0226058999
ISBN-13: 9780226058993
Edition: 25th 2007
Authors: Michael Bliss
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Book details

List price: $34.00
Edition: 25th
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 5/15/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 310
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

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 In this now-classic study, Michael Bliss unearths a wealth of material, ranging from scientists' unpublished memoirs to the confidential appraisals of insulin by members of the Nobel Committee.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"

Preface, 2007
Introduction: What Happened at Toronto?
A Long Prelude
Banting's Idea
The Summer of 1921
"A Mysterious Something"
Triumph
"Unspeakably Wonderful"
Resurrection
Who Discovered Insulin?
Honouring the Prophets
A Continuing Epilogue
Notes
Sources
Index

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