All morning the song ‘Beethoven Day’ from You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown has been playing in my head. The only difference was that ‘Beethoven’ was replaced by ‘Banting’. Now, I know World Diabetes Day isn’t only celebrating Banting’s birthday but still– I also realize Banting has at least two days to commemorate him and the discovery of Insulin, sort of. October 31st commemorates the day insulin was conceived of, and November 14th is World Diabetes Day.
Dr. Banting conceived of the idea for the insulin treatment while working on a lecture for The University of Western Ontario about the pancreas, which he admittedly knew nothing about. When Dr. Banting, wrote down his 25 word hypothesis about how to try to treat diabetes on October 31st, 1920 he spelled ‘diabetus’ wrong, but we’ll forgive him. In May of 1921 Dr. Banting left London to conduct his lab work and tests at The University of Toronto, his alma mater, with (Dr.) Charles Best. Dr. Banting is credited with the co-discovery of insulin, incorporation with Drs. Charles Best, James Macleod, and James Collip. These four men effectively ended diabetes death sentence.
In the end, all of this just leads me to say: ‘Happy Birthday Dr. Banting and Happy World Diabetes Day!’