A little bit of diabetes history, 1920s and 1960s

Wellcome Film has lots of films, both online and offline, about the history of medicine, and of medics. This is one you’d need to visit to see, but I thought the explanatory text was quite interesting so am posting it here. I’d honestly not realised that Sir Henry Dale had been involved in developing insulin production in Britain, a bit remiss of me!


Also for your viewing pleasure are two attached documents from the 1960s – the ‘diabetic diets’, weighed and unweighed, from Diabetes UK’s co-founder RD Lawrence (the other founder was HG Wells).


Medical History in the Making, a talk with Sir Henry Dale (video)



“…in 1922, when (Sir Henry) Dale was Director of the National Institute for Medical Research at Hampstead. He was sent to Toronto by the Medical Research Council to investigate the claims being made for the therapeutic benefits of the newly discovered insulin. Dale returned with a sample of insulin that was to be used as the standard British production. In the interview, Sir Henry recalls an emotional appeal made to him by an eminent churchman, to use the insulin to save his only child from dying of diabetes, and his unhappy task of refusing the appeal, so that the standard remained intact to accelerate production of insulin in Britain.”


Not sure if staff are allowed to nominate, but I’ve now nominated Dale for possible inclusion onto Diabetes UK’s Roll of Honour.





One comment

  1. Anonymous

    For some reason this particular post seems to attract a lot of attempted spam. There have been about ten attempts in the last month (a lot of comments for this blog). All comments are moderated first so they never actually get through anyway but I’m curious as to why it’s *this* post that attracts it and not the others.. unless it’s just that this is a recent post and that’s sparked something off.

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