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Jects as the treatment of diabetes before insulin and the life and death struggle to manufacture itBliss;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 literatu I should have written this review a while ago but I didn t and the review will suffer for it I don t think my fascination with this book is completely rela

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The Discovery of Insulin

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diabetics back to life In this now classic study Michael Bliss unearths a wealth of material ranging from scientists unpublished memoirs to the confidential appraisals of insulin by members of the Nobel Committee He al By most conventional standards it s a 5 stars book not doubt I downgraded to 4 for the way it overlooks the animal issue Lots of dogs and other animals wer

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So 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 sub Although I ve said this before I ll say it again I read the original article by Nicolae Paulescu and I can say with certainty that he is the discoverer of


10 thoughts on “The Discovery of Insulin

  1. says:

    By most conventional standards it's a 5 stars book not doubt I downgraded to 4 for the way it overlooks the animal issue Lots of dogs and other animals were killed in the research many through great suffering And y

  2. says:

    The Discovery of Insulin by Michael Bliss has to be considered the definitive word on the trials and tribulations on how insulin was discoveredI'd say even this day if you ask most folks who won the Nobel prize for the disco

  3. says:

    I have been born into a world that had insulin and I thought that it had been decades since its discovery I wou

  4. says:

    Well written and fascinating to read Bliss manages to make the long account of lab work by Banting and Best into a page turner a feat in and of itself but his book also does a great job of showcasing the horror of pre insulin diabetes the mag

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    Well I read the original article by Nicolae Paulescu and I can say with certainty that he is the discoverer of insulin I do not know how many actually bothered to compare the articles of Paulescu and Banting's but I did it Not to mention the date of publication of the two articles Thus it is a fully European discovery I have spok

  6. says:

    Although I've said this before I'll say it again I read the original article by Nicolae Paulescu and I can say with certain

  7. says:

    I should have written this review a while ago but I didn't and the review will suffer for it I don't think my fascination

  8. says:

    I'm not sure if this is the same book I read years ago about how insulin was discovered and first used to help diabetics The book I read was very interesting and informative walking you through the process of discovery and figuring out how to make it usable It explains how they decided defined a unit of insulin for example Very readable

  9. says:

    A fascinating true story describing the political maneuverings surrounding the search for a magic bullet to cure diabetes Scientifically interesting in and of itself but the infighting and intrigue add a dimension just as compelling as any work of fiction

  10. says:

    It is a must read for anyone who has a child with diabetes or is diabetic It goes through the history of diabete

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