Frederick Banting (1891 - 1941) ♦ Millions of diabetics owe their lives to Frederick Banting's idea and research. Working with fellow Canadians Charles Best and James Collip, Banting determined that insulin was the key to treating diabetes.
April 15, 1923: Extracted insulin becomes available as a treatment for diabetes. Before this, children with diabetes were placed in large hospital wards to die. During trials, Dr Frederick Banting and Charles Best (shown above) injected an entire wardful of children with insulin. By the time they injected the last child, the first had begun to wake from their comas.