Who Discovered The Insulin?

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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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  1. Pretty Miss Emma

    Just wondering from those that have diabetic dogs (or if you're a vet/nurse who has been involved in the treatment of one), do you use human insulin? If so does it manage your dogs diabetes as well as canine insulin (if you have used both)? Is it more cost effective?
    Em's insulin dose just keeps going up at the moment, so her diabetes alone is costing me about $35 a week - not to mention the other medical issues!! I'm just wondering if people have used human insulin and does it work as well and is it a possible way for me to save some money. I've been struggling to find out much about it on the wonderful www, so thought I'd ask here. And yes, I will chat with my vet about it next time we're in to pick up yet another vial of the caninsulin!!

  2. Flash30Aus

    I share your pain, my old dog Lucy's insulin dose has just kept increasing. She started off high and then was dropped down as the blood work stabilised, then its just kept creeping back up again.
    When I was first introduced to the dose my vet said that if she maintained a high dose we would use human insulin which she told me was cheaper.
    I believe the issue is with smaller doses and human insulin you can't control the amount so well, as the caninsulin is less concentracted and therefore easier to get exactly the right dose for the dog. Downside being you go through more of it!
    We paid about $80 for our last vial and that lasts us about a month. What dose is Em on? Lucy is on 19units in a .50 syringe.
    Hope it helps!
    Lucy & Dash

  3. raineth

    I don't have a dog with Type 1 diabetes, but my daughter has it.
    I was just curious as to what blood testing you do with dogs? do you do several daily tests with a monitor, or do you rely more on the HBA1C?
    sorry I know that's off topic

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