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  1. StephenS
    StephenS January 10, 2014 at 5:48 am | | Reply

    This is an awesome, inspirational story. Thanks for sharing Mikes!

  2. Laddie
    Laddie January 10, 2014 at 6:34 pm | | Reply

    Did you give him an introduction to the DOC and will we be meeting him online now? Nice story, Mike by Mike.

  3. Graeme
    Graeme January 11, 2014 at 6:23 pm | | Reply

    Great article Mike. Perhaps some local historians or family history buffs can pry open archives and do an article about the introduction of insulin in local hospitals. (As opposed to big research hospitals.)

    You quote the inspirational passage

    “In one of medicine’s more dramatic moments Banting, Best, and Collip went from bed to bed, injecting an entire ward with the new purified extract. Before they had reached the last dying child, the first few were awakening from their coma, to the joyous exclamations of their families.”

    I have always wondered whether this actually happened. That is did children actually woke up from a DKA coma an hour or two after their first insulin. I am quite happy that after the first injection the body would stop producing more ketones, blood sugar would start to come down, and the kidney would start eliminating acidic by-products in the blood stream. If I am right in thinking that the coma is caused more by the acidosis than the high blood glucose I cannot help but think it would take more time for children to become conscious! But does anyone have expert medical opinion or careful historical research. ( I do not currently have the book, so I can not check footnotes to find the original sources for the passage.)

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