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BREAKTHROUGH: Arthur Ainsberg Interviewed on NBC

Arthur Ainsberg appeared on NY Nightly News with Chuck Scarborough Monday night! He discussed BREAKTHROUGH: Elizabeth Hughes, the Discovery of Insulin, and the Making of a Medical Miracle, which he coauthored with Thea Cooper. He also talked about the accompanying exhibition at the New-York Historical Society, based upon the gripping story of the discovery of insulin.

Follow the link below to watch the clip:

Arthur Ainsberg on New York Nightly News with Chuck Scarborough

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BREAKTHROUGH in The New York Times!

“With insulin, dying children laughed and played again, as parents wept and doctors spoke of biblical resurrections.”
-The New York Times

BREAKTHROUGH is on the front page of the October 5, 2010 Science section  in The
 New York Times!

The article explores the current exhibition at the New-York Historical Society, chronicling the discovery of insulin. The exhibition, which opens today, is based upon BREAKTHROUGH: Elizabeth Hughes, the Discovery of Insulin, and the Making of a Medical Miracle by Thea Cooper and Arthur Ainsberg, the dramatic and rivetting story of the discovery of insulin.

The full article, as it appears in the NYT, is below:

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Banting: Diabetes Breakthrough in the Heat of Summer

Charles Best and Frederick Banting

It’s been a steamy summer so far, with record-high temperatures hitting cities around the world. The sweltering summer heat can send even sun worshipers running for the cool relief of an air-conditioned room. But that wasn’t always an option.

Almost ninety years ago, in 1921, Toronto experienced one of the hottest summers on record. It was in this oppressive heat that Frederick Banting and Charles Best would begin their research for a new diabetes treatment at a University of Toronto lab. The conditions were far from ideal. The operating table was made of wood, which meant it was difficult to keep sterile, the floor couldn’t be effectively scrubbed because water would leak through to the ceiling below, glassware was smeared, and linens were tattered and stained. The heat exacerbated the already difficult objectives at hand.

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Welcome! BREAKTHROUGH by Thea Cooper and Arthur Ainsberg Is On Its Way!

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.

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