11 January-Diabetes

Leonard Thompson was the first person to receive an injection of insulin for the treatment of Type 1 diabetes. He received the injection at Toronto General Hospital in 1922. Thompson was 14 years old at the time, weighed only about 30kg and was close to slipping into a diabetic coma. Frederick Banting was the physician who administered the insulin injection.

Frederick Banting had been carrying out research on diabetes at the University of Toronto. He had graduated with an MB in 1916 and served with the Canadian Army Medical Corps during World War I. He was wounded at Cambrai, France in 1918 and was later awarded the Military Cross. Banting returned to Canada after the War. He worked in various medical posts and continued his medical studies.

Banting was awarded an MD in 1922. He became interested in diabetes and was given facilities to carry out research at the University of Toronto. Following successful experiments on animals, Leonard Thompson’s father gave Banting permission to try the new drug for the first time. Thompson was at the time extremely ill but he recovered rapidly. The testing was quickly expanded to other people suffering from diabetes. The results were positive. The discovery by Banting has led to millions of people suffering from diabetes to lead almost normal lives.

Leonard Thompson was the first patient to receive insulin injections for the treatment of Type 1 diabetes in the year 1922 On This Day.

 

 

Frederick Banting photo

Banting House, Birthplace of Insulin, London, Ontario

Photo by Ken Lund

Frederick Banting photo

Banting House, Birthplace of Insulin, London, Ontario

Photo by Ken Lund

 

 

 

 

 

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