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Time To Recognise Scottish Doctor’s Role In The Discovery Of Insulin

In 1923 a Scottish doctor, John J.R. Macleod, and a Canadian colleague, Frederick Banting, jointly received the Nobel Prize for the discovery of insulin to treat type 1 diabetes [1]. This work was initially recognised throughout the scientific world and Macleod returned to Scotland in 1928 as Regius Professor of Physiology at the University of Aberdeen, a post he held until his death in 1935. However, through time John Macleod’s role in this medical breakthrough was diminished and overshadowed as a result of bitter personal rivalries amongst the co-discoverers of insulin. This led to a perceived decrease of Macleod’s role in the discovery of insulin by the medical establishment, initially in Canada and the USA, but subsequently in the UK and internationally, together with the suggestion that his Nobel Prize was undeserved. In 1982 a leading Canadian medical historian, Prof Michael Bliss, published research which documented concerted campaigns by John Macleod’s former colleagues to blacken his reputation both before and after his death. Over the last 30 years, and as a result of this research, Macleod’s vital role in the discovery of insulin has gradually been accepted by th Continue reading >>

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