Discovery of Insulin

Dr. Banting’s 2am note on October 31, 1910.


Isolate pancreatic ducts of dog.  Keep dogs alive till acini degenerate leaving Islets. Try to isolate the internal secretion of these to relieve glycosuria.

Canadian Broadcast that highlights the first patient,
Ted Ryder, the first patient to receive insulin from Dr. Banting. Some great historic video footage of Dr. Banting shaking hands with the young man.

Audio Broadcast interview of Dr. Best (co-founder of insulin), who reflects on the discovery of insulin and the future of diabetes care.

The Quest – 1958  This short film is a re-enactment of the critical year in Dr. Frederick Banting’s life when he discovered insulin for the treatment of diabetes at the University of Toronto. It depicts the odds against which he and his assistant, Charles Best, worked; the scepticism of other doctors and the final victory that gave thousands of diabetics hope for a healthier life.

Miracle of Insulin – moving video interviews of some of the first type 1 patients to receive insulin.

Historical Insulin Powerpoint Slides – here is a collection of some of my favorite powerpoint slides, depicting the discovery of insulin.

Banting Historical Site Facebook Page

The Flame – Banting House Historical Site Newsletter

Banting House Blog full of interesting facts

Grant Maltman – Banting House Curator and Historian

Diabetes Education Services Online University Courses & Books with an emphasis on Insulin Management 

ADA Practical Insulin Handbook – 4th Edition – $14.99

This indispensable handbook from the American Diabetes Association gives you the practical knowledge and data you need for initiating and maintaining insulin therapy in patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

Level 1 – Insulin Therapy & Pattern Management 1.5 CEs – $29.00

This 90-minute course reviews effective use of insulin therapy to improve glucose control. It incorporates the new ADA insulin guidelines and standards of care. Learn how to look at glucose patterns and determine appropriate insulin adjustment strategies. Newer insulin and formulas to calculate basal bolus insulin therapy are included.

Level 2 – Pattern Management Gone Crazy 1.5 CEs – $29.00

This 90-minute course is an advanced level program designed to develop an improved understanding of managing glucose levels through adjusting insulin therapy based on patterns. Learn about insulin dosing strategies based on an individualized patient assessment, insulin sensitivity and other considerations. Strategies to increase patients’ comfort and knowledge about insulin therapy will also be discussed. Real patient data and issues are incorporated into each case study to increase real life application.

NEW Accordion 2-sided PocketCards – $3.99

Now get all 4 of our medication Pocketcards in a new accordion style format with 4 Insulin medications on one side and 4 Oral medications on the other side. Get your NEW pocketcards today – No shipping!