January 1964

The Story of Insulin: Forty Years of Success Against Diabetes.

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By G. A. Wrenshall, PhD; G. Hetenyi, PhD; and W. R. Feasby, MD. Price, $4.75. Pp 232. Indiana University Press, Bloomington, Ind, 1963.

Am J Dis Child. 1964;107(1):107. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1964.02080060109021

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The record of the discovery of insulin and its use in the treatment of diabetes mellitus is one of the most exciting in all the history of medical accomplishments of this generation. Professor Wrenshall and the co-authors of this narrative, writing in Toronto, the birthplace of insulin, are highly qualified to tell this story and they have written it with great skill. The foreword by Dr. R. D. Lawrence is a happy choice for the introduction, as he writes of his personal experience of "My Forty Years as a Diabetic," from intimate knowledge of the diabetic patient's problems and from personal acquaintance with the leaders, clinicians, and research workers in this field.

The book is highlighted by well-chosen illustrations : beginning with the first known reference to diabetes in a page of papyrus from a tomb of Thebes said to have been written about 1500 bc, photographs of more

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