Sir Frederick Grant Banting

November 14th

  • Canadian physiologist and physician who, assisted by Charles H. Best, was the first to extract (1921) the hormone insulin from the pancreas.
  • Injections of insulin proved to be the first effective treatment for diabetes, a disease in which glucose accumulates in abnormally high quantities in the blood.
  • Banting was awarded a share of the 1923 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for this achievement.

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