Breakthrough
Elizabeth Hughes, the Discovery of Insulin and the Making of a Medical Miracle
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It is 1919 and Elizabeth Hughes, the eleven-year-old daughter of America's most-distinguished jurist and politician, Charles Evans Hughes, has been diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. It is essentially a death sentence. The only accepted form of treatment – starvation – whittles her down to forty-five pounds skin and bones. Miles away, Canadian researchers Frederick Banting and Charles Best manage to identify and purify insulin from animal pancreases – a miracle soon marred by scientific jealousy, intense business competition and fistfights. In a race against time and a ravaging disease, Elizabeth becomes one of the first diabetics to receive insulin injections – all while its discoverers and a little known pharmaceutical company struggle to make it available to the rest of the world.

Relive the heartwarming true story of the discovery of insulin as it's never been told before. Written with authentic detail and suspense, and featuring walk-ons by William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, and Eli Lilly himself, among many others.

AuthorThea Cooper
BindingPaperback
EAN9780312611743
EditionReprint
ISBN0312611749
Height820 mm
Length555 mm
Width90 mm
Weight65 g
LanguageEnglish
Language TypePublished
MPNIllustrated
Number Of Items1
Number Of Pages336
Package Quantity1
Part NumberIllustrated
Product GroupBook
Publication Date2011-10-01
PublisherGriffin
StudioGriffin
Sales Rank262189

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