You’d thnk something this important would be remembered. I’m mildly annoyed at myself because I mentioned it previously.
Frederick Banting announced the discovery of Insulin to the world on November 14, 1921. And it was first administered to 14 year old Leonard Thompson on January 11, 1922. While Thompson only lived until 1935 (age 27), that’s more life than he would have gotten without Banting’s discovery. Prior to that, Type 1 diabetes was a short and painful death sentence, surviving only a few weeks or months.
Knowing how important the discovery was, Banting forewent the patent and gave his discovery to the world for free. He wanted to save lives, not profit from it, which makes the US medical industry all the more deplorable for holding people’s lives hostage with excessive prices.
Insulin was the first hormone therapy, something commonplace today, especially important to Transgender, Non-Binary, and Intersex people. The discovery of Insulin earned Banting and his team the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1923, the shortest time ever between a scientific discovery and awarding of a Nobel prize.