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Nature volume 114, pages 3340 (05 July 1924) | Download Citation



No recent discovery in medical science has created so much interest, both in lay and in professional circles, as the advent of insulin. The great importance of this discovery lies in the fact that through its agency a fresh outlook and a new hope have been opened up to the unfortunate sufferer from diabetes-an outlook in which despair and the prospect of almost certain death have given place to health and hope. From the humanitarian point of view, this itself is no mean achievement, but insulin has many interesting features besides its success in therapeutics, and the problem of its method of action presents an intellectual puzzle, which, from its complexity and obscurity, bids fair to engage our ablest scientific minds for many years to come.

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