Elizabeth Hughes, the Discovery of Insulin, and the Making of A Medical Miracle

Book - 2010 | 1st ed.
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Written with authentic detail and suspense, and featuring walk-ons by William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, and Eli Lilly himself, among many others, "Breakthrough" relives the heartwarming true story of the discovery of insulin.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312648701
Branch Call Number: 612.34 COOPE
Characteristics: viii, 306 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Ainsberg, Arthur


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Jul 26, 2015

A great little piece of history for anyone interested in medical history, diabetes, insulin development and/or the early 20th century.

Type I Diabetes was an inevitably fatal disease before the isolation of insulin for treatment. One of the most effective life-prolonging (not saving) treatments was severe caloric restriction, a prolonged starvation. Insulin had been discovered, but there was no reliable extraction or purification method, no FDA to oversee testing, and Diabetics dying in the race for development.
Good history, good politics, good science made personal through the life of Elizabeth Hughes, daughter to a prominent US politician.

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