Building peace in the minds of men and women

© University of Toronto Library, Photograph of Charles Herbert Best and Frederick Grant Banting, ca. 1924. Toronto. MS. COLL 76 (Banting) Scrapbook 1, Box 3, Page 171.

The Discovery of Insulin and its Worldwide Impact

Registration year: 2013
Submission year: 
2012
Collection ID: 
2012-12

The collection contains the total archive pertaining to the discovery of insulin at the University of Toronto. This event was one of the most significant medical discoveries of the twentieth century and was of incalculable value to the world community. The discovery of insulin has meant the difference between life and death for those suffering from diabetes. The original, archival documents included in these collections contain the research which won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1923 for Dr. Banting and Dr. Macleod, both of whom shared credit and prize money with James Collip and Charles Best.

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© University of Toronto Library, Photograph of Charles Herbert Best and Frederick Grant Banting, ca. 1924. Toronto. MS. COLL 76 (Banting) Scrapbook 1, Box 3, Page 171.
Photograph of Charles Herbert Best and Frederick Grant Banting, ca. 1924. Toronto. MS. COLL 76 (Banting) Scrapbook 1, Box 3, Page 171.
© University of Toronto Library

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© University of Toronto Library, Photograph of J. B. Collip in a laboratory ca. 1927. Place: Edmonton. MS. COLL. 269 (Collip), Item 9. Scrapbook compiled by Barbara Collip-Wyatt.
Photograph of J. B. Collip in a laboratory ca. 1927. Place: Edmonton. MS. COLL. 269 (Collip), Item 9. Scrapbook compiled by Barbara Collip-Wyatt.
© University of Toronto Library

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© University of Toronto Library, Photograph of Frederick Grant Banting and Ivan Petrovich Pavlov. Leningrad. June 28, 1935. Author: Bryan, Julien. MS. COLL 76 (Banting) Scrapbook 2, Box 1, Page 55.
Photograph of Frederick Grant Banting and Ivan Petrovich Pavlov. Leningrad. June 28, 1935. Author: Bryan, Julien. MS. COLL 76 (Banting) Scrapbook 2, Box 1, Page 55.
© University of Toronto Library

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© University of Toronto Library, Autograph letter, written on stationary decorated with birds, and signed by Myra Blaustein. Reports on her general health and wishes Dr. Banting Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Baltimore. December, 21 1922.
Autograph letter, written on stationary decorated with birds, and signed by Myra Blaustein. Reports on her general health and wishes Dr. Banting Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Baltimore. December, 21 1922.
© University of Toronto Library

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© University of Toronto Library, Photograph of Teddy (Theodore) Ryder when he first arrived in Toronto weighting 27 pounds. Best - Personal Collection. July, 10 1922.
Photograph of Teddy (Theodore) Ryder when he first arrived in Toronto weighting 27 pounds. Best - Personal Collection. July, 10 1922.
© University of Toronto Library

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© University of Toronto Library, Original photograph showing Teddy Ryder one year after his initiatl treatment in Toronto, at a weight of 45 pounds. July, 10 1923. Best - Personal Collection.
Original photograph showing Teddy Ryder one year after his initiatl treatment in Toronto, at a weight of 45 pounds. July, 10 1923. Best - Personal Collection.
© University of Toronto Library

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Original black and white oval portrait photograph, undated. Full length photograph showing Leonard Thompson as a young man standing with one hand resting on a table. Leonard Thompson first patient to received insulin in Toronto (Jan. 1922).
Original black and white oval portrait photograph, undated. Full length photograph showing Leonard Thompson as a young man standing with one hand resting on a table. Leonard Thompson first patient to received insulin in Toronto (Jan. 1922).
© University of Toronto Library

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© University of Toronto Library, Hand written citation to F. G. Banting and J. J. R. Macleaod accompanying the Nobel Prize. Signed by 21 members of the Nobel Prize Committee. Calligraphy by Ann Berglund.
Hand written citation to F. G. Banting and J. J. R. Macleaod accompanying the Nobel Prize. Signed by 21 members of the Nobel Prize Committee. Calligraphy by Ann Berglund.
© UNESCO

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© University of Toronto Library, Nobel Prize medal is inscribed to F. G. Banting MCMXXIII and on the verso has a relief portrait of Alfred Nobel. Stockholm, 1923. Author: Royal Karolinska Insitute. MS. COLL. 76 Banting Box 58.
Nobel Prize medal is inscribed to F. G. Banting MCMXXIII and on the verso has a relief portrait of Alfred Nobel. Stockholm, 1923. Author: Royal Karolinska Insitute. MS. COLL. 76 Banting Box 58.
© University of Toronto Library

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© University of Toronto Library, Photograph of J. J. R. Macleaod in academic robes. ca. 1923. Toronto? Reproduced from the photograph in Edwin E. Slossan's The Story of Insulin in World's Work, Nov. 1923, by the Trustees of the Banting Research Foundation
Photograph of J. J. R. Macleaod in academic robes. ca. 1923.
© University of Toronto Library

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© University of Toronto Library, Autograph letter written on University of Toronto Department of Physiology letterhead and signed by J. J. R. Macleod.
Autograph letter written on University of Toronto Department of Physiology letterhead and signed by J. J. R. Macleod.
© University of Toronto Library

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© University of Toronto Library, Photograph of F. G. Banting and C. H. Best with a dog on the roof of the Medical Building, University of Toronto. This well-know photo was taken by Henry Mahon in August 1921. MS. COLL. 241 Best, Box 109, Folder 4.
Photograph of F. G. Banting and C. H. Best with a dog on the roof of the Medical Building, University of Toronto. This well-know photo was taken by Henry Mahon in August 1921. MS. COLL. 241 Best, Box 109, Folder 4.
© University of Toronto Library
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