Medicine: The Stuff from Toronto

"If you can live until we get the new stuff from Toronto, we might save you," wrote the late Dr. H. Rawle Geyelin of New York's Presbyterian Hospital to a diabetic patient in the summer of 1922. The new stuff was insulin, just produced by Toronto's young Dr. Frederick Banting (with Medical Student Charles Best), who got the idea one sleepless night after trying to get his mind off a 28-day lack of patients.

Last week Dr. Geyelin's patient, Fruit Farmer Russell Kohl, 66, of Newburgh, N.Y., celebrated his 36th year of useful life through insulin. Patient Kohl first developed diabetes at...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!