Documents of the month (2011)
Document of the month: November 2011
World Diabetes Day, 14 November 2011.
At the beginning of the 20th century, diabetes mellitus was a formidable disease. Its diagnosis meant a complete change in the way of living and a greatly reduced expectation of life. In the later months of 1921, a young Canadian surgeon, Frederick Grant Banting, together with his younger collaborator, Charles Herbert Best, isolated insulin and in January 1922 used it successfully in the treatment of patients. One of the greatest and most dramatic discoveries of modern medicine, it completely transformed the outlook for the majority of diabetics.
Dr Charles Herbert Best is seen here discussing with Dr Gerald Wrenshall current work at the Banting & Best Department of Medical Research, Toronto.
WHO Photo by Tibor Farkas. Canada, 1969.