Photograph of F. G. Banting writing at his desk ca. 1926 [UT Insulin]
I was delighted to be invited by Jim and Bob Banting to participate in their podcast, “Life and Times of Sir Frederick Banting.” This episode, created in partnership with Defining Moments Canada, discusses the heritage and legacy of insulin after 100 years. Other guests include Dr. Christopher Rutty, Grant Maltman, the curator of the Banting House National Historic Site, and Defining Moments Canada Director Jennifer Terry.
Please visit the Defining Moments Canada website to listen to this podcast. This episode was dedicated to the memory of historian Michael Bliss whose scholarship has shaped our understanding of the discovery of insulin.
Commemorative banner of the discovery of insulin on Confederation Boulevard, Ottawa, with images of Frederick Banting and Charles Best. Department of Canadian Heritage. [Photo taken by Carlo Magaard-Romano]
I have a new article today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal entitled “Rethinking the ‘discovery’ of insulin” in which I argue that our use of the term “discovery” bears closer inspection.
A special thank you to Carlo Magaard-Romano and Terrie Romano for their photo which captures the theme so well.
Also in attendance for the ceremony were Mayor Mitch Panciuk, City Council, members of the Dr. James Bertram Collip Memorial Committee, Prof. Christopher Rutty (medical historian, University of Toronto), representatives of Diabetes Canada, members of the Collip family and other esteemed guests.