A short film about Dr. Frederick Banting's discovery that insulin could successfully treat diabetes, saving lives. From the National Film Board of Canada's YouTube channel.
Insulin was immediately and spectacularly effective as a lifesaving therapy for DIABETES MELLITUS. Banting was hailed as the principal discoverer of insulin because his idea had launched the research, because of his prominence in the early use of insulin, and because he and his friends carried on a campaign to discredit his senior collaborators, Macleod and Collip, with whom he was temperamentally incompatible. On learning that he was to share the 1923 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine with Macleod, Banting gave half his prize money to Best. He was awarded a life annuity by the federal government, appointed Canada's first professor of medical research at U of T and knighted in 1934.
Banting supervised important research into silicosis and problems in aviation medicine before his death on a flight to England in 1941 to look into the state of medical research there. But his own research was trivial, for he was not in fact a skilled or well-trained scientist. The burden of his fame weighed heavily on an insecure but determined man, leading to a turbulent personal life and considerable unhappiness. He became an accomplished amateur painter, whose work strongly reflects the influence of his friend and sketching companion, A.Y. JACKSON. He was survived by his second wife and by a son from his first marriage. In several magazine polls during his lifetime, he was judged the most famous living Canadian.
Author MICHAEL BLISS
Links to Other Sites
Frederick Banting and John Macleod
Profiles of Frederick Banting and John Macleod, winners the Nobel Prize in medicine for 1923. The official website of the Nobel Foundation.
A brief autobiography by Dr. Frederick Banting from the Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame.
Banting Museum and Education Centre
About the Banting Museum and the life and work of Dr. Frederick Banting. From the Canadian Diabetes Association.
The Banting Digital Library
The Banting Digital Library website Features many of Sir Frederick Banting’s paintings, photographs, and documents. From the New Tecumseth Public Library in Ontario.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Canada
An authoritative information source about Type I and Type II diabetes. Check out the excellent dietary tips and other recommendations for a healthy lifestyle. Also features a history of diabetes research and a summary of the latest research initiatives.
Canadian Heroes in Fact and Fiction
See brief profiles and bibliographies for many notable historical Canadian figures (real and fictional). From Library and Archives Canada.
The Discovery and Early Development of Insulin
An outstanding online exhibit about Canada’s leading role in the discovery and development of insulin as a treatment for diabetes. This digitalized collection of original archival material features laboratory notebooks and charts, correspondence, published papers, photographs, awards, scrapbooks and much more. From the website for the University of Toronto Libraries.
Sir Frederick Banting
See a biography of internationally renowned Canadian doctor Sir Frederick Banting. From Library and Archives Canada.