[The discovery of insulin]

Bull Acad Natl Med. 1996 Feb;180(2):437-45; discussion 445-8.
[Article in French]


When a medical problem is intensively studied by many teams in the world, it is frequent to see the solution found simultaneously in different countries. However that was not exactly the case concerning the extraction of a potent insulin able to cure Diabetes Mellitus. It seems necessary, seventy five years later, when passions are quenched, to reconsider the chronology of the history and put Paolesco but also Collip at the right places much before Banting and Best to whom, by a curious misinterpretation of facts, was attributed the priority of this fundamental discovery.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Canada
  • History, 20th Century
  • Insulin / history*
  • London
  • Paris
  • United States


  • Insulin