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

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

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In 1919, Elizabeth Hughes, the eleven-year-old daughter of jurist and politician, Charles Evans Hughes, was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes--essentially a death sentence. The only accepted form of treatment starvation whittled her down to forty-five pounds. Miles away, Canadian researchers Frederick Banting and Charles Best had identifed and purified insulin from animal pancreases a miracle soon marred by scientific jealousy, intense business competition and fistfights. 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.

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