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Canadian Stamp Marks Centennial of Insulin Discovery

19 Apr 2021  Mon

Canada Post commemorates the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin on a non-denominated permanent-rate stamp issued on 15th April. The centennial of one of Canada’s most important medical discoveries is celebrated for the life-changing impact it has had on people with diabetes around the world.

That discovery in 1921 at the University of Toronto and the first successful use of insulin in a human in early 1922 at Toronto General Hospital was a team effort with surgical approach of Dr. Banting, the critical input of research assistant Charles Best and visiting biochemist James Collip, and the advice, guidance and oversight of John Macleod, chair of the Physiology Department.

The new stamp shows a vial of insulin and an excerpt of an unpublished memoir by Dr. Frederick Banting (1891-1941) which reflects the very moment he conceived the idea that set in motion events leading to the discovery of insulin.

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