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Breakthrough: Diabetes History and the Experience of a Child

Louise Mirrer, president of the New-York Historical Society, wrote a wonderful blog on the Huffington Post on November 5. She notes that the “experience of children can teach us volumes about our history.” One such child is Elizabeth Hughes, who, after being diagnosed with diabetes, became one of the first recipients of the newly-discovered insulin. Her story, chronicled in BREAKTHROUGH, is inspiring and eye-opening. 

Louise Mirrer writes: 

 The story of young Elizabeth Evans Hughes led us to think differently, as an institution organized around history, about the fight for life waged by medical patients almost a century ago and about the roles of science…” 

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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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Happy Birthday Elizabeth Hughes

Elizabeth Hughes, ca. 1923 courtesy of Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

Happy Birthday to Elizabeth Hughes! Elizabeth was born on August 19, 1907. Just a few days shy of her 15th birthday, she became one of the first recipients of insulin. Her life was transformed.

Elizabeth arrived in Toronto from America a frail child, fighting to stay alive just one more day, armed with a hopeful spirit that refused to diminish despite her dire condition.

It was the discovery of insulin that allowed her to live a long life. She died in 1981 at the age of 73, having had children and grandchildren of her own. Over the course of 58 years, Elizabeth received some 42,000 insulin injections. Insulin made those 58 years possible.

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Arthur Ainsberg: Guest Blog on DiabetesMine.Com

 

     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:

 

Breakthrough: The Discovery of Insulin and Other Medical Miracles

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Publishers Weekly: BREAKTHROUGH Is a “Gripping Narrative”

We are thrilled to have received a fantastic review in Publishers Weekly!

Read the review below:

Breakthrough: Elizabeth Hughes, the Discovery of Insulin, and the Making of a Medical Miracle

Thea Cooper and Arthur Ainsberg, St. Martin’s, $24.99 (304p) ISBN 978-0-312-64870-1

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James S. Hirsch On BREAKTHROUGH: Elizabeth Hughes, the Discovery of Insulin, and the Making of a Medical Miracle

Award-winning journalist and author James S. Hirsch, who also has Type 1 diabetes, wrote about Breakthrough in the June edition of DiaTribe, a subscription-based newsletter about diabetes. Here’s what he said:

“‘Breakthrough: Elizabeth Hughes, the Discovery of Insulin, and the Making of a Medical Miracle,’ by Thea Cooper and Arthur Ainsberg, captures the complex human drama of the teenage girl who was saved by insulin.”

“[Elizabeth’s] story – a remarkable brew of courage, triumph, secrecy, and shame – resonates to this day, and new details of her life emerge in a book that will be published later this year.”

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