Best and Banting

On May 17, 1921, Frederick Banting, a young surgeon, and Charles Best, a recent graduate in physiology and biochemistry, began a series of experiments on pancreatic secretions in an attempt to find a treatment for “diabetes mellitus”. They developed a promising anti-diabetic extract. James Collip, a noted biochemist, then increased the purity and potency of the substance. The first successful clinical test of insulin on a human diabetic were held on January 23, 1922. The work of Banting & Best has prolonged the lives of millions of diabetics world-wide. (from

link to larger image (wikipedia) here.

Image of C.H.Best & F.G Banting circa 1924

Link to Nobel Prize website discovery of insulin (here)

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