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The Discovery of Insulin and its Worldwide Impact

Documentary heritage submitted by Canada and recommended for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 2013.

© 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.

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.

  • Year of submission: 2012
  • Year of inscription: 2013
  • Country: Canada
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