Banting: A Biography

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University of Toronto Press, 1992 - 336 pages
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Frederick Banting was thirty-one when he received the Nobel Prize for his part in the discovery of insulin. He was catapulted to instant fame, for which he was neither personally nor professionally prepared. Set up as head of his own research institute by a grateful government, he struggled fruitlessly to duplicate his first triumph. His marriage to a beautiful socialite ended in a scandal that rocked Toronto, and he returned to work and painting to dull his frustration. He died in a mysterious plane crash; a new preface to this edition discusses recent findings about the crash.

Michaeal Bliss's highly acclaimed biography explores the life of a scientist who during his lifetime was the most famous of all Canadians, but who in his private life stands revealed as a passionate, troubled man, in many ways the victim of his own fame.

 

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Contents

Preface to the 1992 edition
4
CHAPTER ONE A White Boy a Right Boy
15
CHAPTER TWO Becoming a Man
28
CHAPTER THREE Getting out of Town
44
CHAPTER FOUR The Discovery of Insulin
61
CHAPTER EIGHT Canadian to the Core
157
CHAPTER NINE Banting versus Banting
184
CHAPTER TEN Banting versus Capitalism
206
CHAPTER ELEVEN Maturity
231
CHAPTER TWELVE Warrior Scientist
254
CHAPTER THIRTEEN A Dark Sense of Duty
275
CHAPTER FOURTEEN At a Post of Duty
298
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Michael Bliss is a professor of history at the University of Toronto working in the History of Medicine Program, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and has written extensively in several fields of Canadian and medical history.

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