Five Fascinating Facts about Dr. Banting

One of my Canadian heroes is Dr. Frederick Banting.

Dr. Frederick Banting and Charles Best were involved in one of the most significant medical achievements in Canadian history. Dr. Banting and Dr. Best discovered insulin in 1921 at the University of Toronto.

I dug through the archives to find five fascinating facts about Dr. Banting:

1. Dr. Banting had a personal friend, only 14 years old, who had passed away from diabetes. This helped fuel his motivation to conduct diabetes research.

2. Dr. Banting had a passion for painting, and even joined the Group of Seven Artists on a sketching trip to Quebec.

3. Dr. Banting was born just outside of Alliston, Ontario. His former home - called The Banting Homestead Heritage Park - is now open to school and community groups.

4. Originally Dr. Banting set out to study divinity at the University of Toronto, but then changed his field of study to medicine.

5. In 1923, Dr. Banting and his advisor at the University of Toronto, Dr. J.J.R. Mcleod, received the Nobel Prize in Medicine. Banting shared the award money with Dr. Best, his colleague.

Is Dr. Banting one of your Canadian heroes? Comment below and tell us.

Kim Cooper is the editor of OWL Magazine and has had type 1 diabetes for over 30 years. She enjoys writing stories, learning about health and fitness, and connecting with others with T1D.

Consultant: University of Toronto

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