Seventy-five years later, insulin remains Canada's major medical-research coup

CMAJ. 1996 Nov 1;155(9):1306-8.


The world observes the 75th anniversary of the landmark discovery of insulin this year, a medical miracle that bears a large "made-in-Canada" stamp. CMAJ played a part in this story by publishing preliminary results of the first clinical trial on a human in March 1922. November is Diabetes Month, and to mark World Diabetes Day on Nov. 14 CMAJ once again heralds the accomplishment of the four discoverers of insulin.

Publication types

  • Biography
  • Historical Article
  • Portrait

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Canada
  • Diabetes Mellitus / drug therapy
  • Diabetes Mellitus / history
  • Dogs
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Insulin / history*
  • Insulin / therapeutic use


  • Insulin

Personal name as subject

  • F G Banting
  • C H Best
  • J J MacLeod