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“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
Thomas Sullivan, in Policy and Medicine, praises the groundbreaking collaboration between researchers, physicians, and industry that made the discovery of insulin possible and changed diabetes treatment in his article discussing BREAKTHROUGH, by Thea Cooper and Arthur Ainsberg.
“While significant breakthroughs in medicine and innovation in science occur each day, ‘only once or twice in a generation does a miracle drug’ come about that changes the way humans live and physicians practice medicine.”
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:
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.”
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.