BREAKTHROUGH Should Be On Your “Next-to-Read” List

“If you love to read history books, place this one as your ‘next to read.’ ” –Amy, Three Thirty Three

A review of Breakthrough: Elizabeth Hughes, the Discovery of Insulin, and the Making of a Medical Miracle was posted today on the blog Three Thirty Three.  Amy, the blog’s founder, discovered the book while researching Type 1 diabetes; her 10-year-old daughter Ellie was diagnosed with T1 in September of this year.

Amy sites some of her favorite moments from BREAKTHROUGH and writes how deeply she was affected by these passages.

Here is an example:

PROLOGUE: page 1

“In 1918 an eleven-year-old girl stands in the kitchen of her family’s elegant townhouse gulping water from a glass with such ferocity that it runs down the sides of her face. It is her sixth glass.”

::Thud:: (the sound of heart dropping down to my toes) At this point, only 38 words into the book, I wondered how far I would get. Tears were streaming down my face as I pictured Ellie standing in front of me clutching 2 water bottles just 3 months ago.

Girl injects herself with insulin, 1930


Read the full post here.

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