The Hall

Frederick Banting 1891–1941

I was not a brilliant student, but I had boundless curiosity and I worked very hard. I remember one day walking home from school and witnessing a terrible accident: two men working on the roof of a house crashed to the ground when the scaffolding collapsed. I ran to fetch the doctor and I stayed and watched with rapt attention as he dressed their wounds and set broken bones. I decided then and there to become a doctor.

I think the death of Jane also influenced my life. She was a childhood friend who suddenly, at the age of 14, began to wither away. She had diabetes, and there was nothing we could do to stop her pointless death. As I helped to carry her coffin to its final resting place I asked myself how it could be that no doctor had found a cure for such a horrible disease.

I never imagined that I would be the one to discover insulin.

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