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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:
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:
This Day In History: On August 31, 1921, in the early days of his research, one of Frederick Banting’s beloved test subjects died. Referred to in his notes as “Dog 92,” the collie provided Banting’s first real success during his research. The dog lived for twenty days without a pancreas, surviving with an extract Banti…ng and Best called “isletin.”
When Dog 92 died, Banting cried. He always loved and appreciated the sacrifice the dogs were making so that humans might live. “I shall never forget that dog as long as I shall live,” Banting wrote of Dog 92 in 1940, “…when that dog died I wanted to be alone for the tears would fall despite anything I could do.”
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:
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.
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.”