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“Although this is the authors’ first book, they are adept at telling their complicated, multifaceted story with energy and vividness. Their account of diabetics’ treatment before the production of insulin is harrowing”
See the full Washington Times review of BREAKTHROUGH below:
The word miracle is one of the most overused in our language and so often engenders a skeptical reaction. But if ever there was a medical miracle, the discovery of insulin and its rendering into a form deliverable to human beings is up there. For not only did this conquer the hitherto universally fatal Type 1 form of diabetes, in which the pancreas no longer produces insulin, but it provided the paradigm for an incurable disease that could be managed so successfully that many of those suffering from it would live on to die eventually of something else.
Reviewer Alan Caruba included Breakthrough: Elizabeth Hughes, the Discovery of Insulin, and the Making of a Medical Miracle by Thea Cooper and Arthur Ainsberg on his monthly list of best new non-fiction! Alan Caruba is an author and a charter member of the National Book Critics Circle who has been reviewing for more than five decades. Here’s what he wrote:
“I heartily recommend this book.”
“…mark your calendar…”
“The whole story is fraught with drama…”
Read the full post below:
A guest blog, written by Arthur Ainsberg, was posted yesterday on DiabetesMine.com. DiabetesMine was founded by Amy Tenderich, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in May 2003. She writes of the site: “I started this blog to connect with others, to offset the feeling of isolation with diabetes, and to sort out and share some of what I was learning. It’s my “gold mine of informational nuggets,’ if you will…”
A full re-posting of Arthur’s guest post is below:
Physician and medical writer Peter Lipson gives praise to Breakthrough: Elizabeth Hughes, the Discovery of Insulin, and the Making of a Medical Miracle on Forbes.com:
“[Breakthrough] successfully weaves together the personal struggles of the patients, doctors and scientists living and dying on the edge of one of medicine’s greatest discoveries.”
“Cooper and Ainsberg create vivid images…”
“[Breakthrough] relies heavily on primary historical sources and documents.”
A reposting of the full article is below…
We are thrilled to have received a fantastic review in Publishers Weekly!
Read the review below:
Thea Cooper and Arthur Ainsberg, St. Martin’s, $24.99 (304p) ISBN 978-0-312-64870-1
Welcome to the Breakthrough blog! This has been an incredible journey—seven years since a 2003 article in the New York Times first sparked a passionate determination to share this extraordinary story with the world. And now, after painstaking research—much of the process was like being inside a detective novel, searching for clues and chasing down leads—and carefully weaving this complex story into a thrilling read, the book is almost here!
Breakthrough: Elizabeth Hughes, the Discovery of Insulin, and the Making of a Medical Miracle will be published on September 14, but you can pre-order your copy online today at the Amazon or Barnes and Noble websites.