It is 1919 and Elizabeth Hughes, the eleven-year-old daughter of America's most distinguished jurist and politician, Charles Evans Hughes, has been diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. It is essentially a death sentence for young Elizabeth. The only accepted form of treatment - starvation - whittles her down to forty-five pounds of skin and bones. Meanwhile, miles away, Canadian researchers Frederick Banting and Charles Best manage to identify and purify insulin from animal pancreases - a miracle soon marred by scientific jealousy, intense business competition, and fistfights. In a race against time and a ravaging disease, Elizabeth becomes one of the first diabetics to receive insulin injections while the scientists and a little known pharmaceutical company - Eli Lilly - struggle to make it available to the rest of the world.
Full Product DetailsAuthor: Thea Cooper , Arthur Ainsberg
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Imprint: St Martin's Press
Dimensions: Width: 23.50cm , Height: 2.80cm , Length: 15.60cm
ISBN 10: 0312648707
Publication Date: 06 September 2010
Audience: General/trade , General
Publisher's Status: Out of Print
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<p> The twentieth century witnessed many medical miracles, but perhaps none was so transformative as the discovery of insulin for the treatment for diabetes. Breakthrough  is the fascinating tale of Nobel prize-winning research, of a young girl who should have died as a child but instead lived to see seven grandchildren, and of a drug that turned a death sentence into something more akin to a chronic nuisance. This book is an important read for anyone with diabetes. It is an enjoyable read for those who love mystery and human drama. --Kenneth T. Jackson, Barzun Professor of History, Columbia University
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