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Award to Sir Frederick Banting

    Naturevolume 135pages985986 (1935) | Download Citation



    THE Society of Apothecaries of London at a Court Dinner held in Apothecaries' Hall at Blackfriars on June 4 conferred upon the discoverer of insulin, Sir Frederick Banting, the Society's Gold Medal in Therapeutics, the highest honour which the Apothecaries' Company can bestow. After the presentation. Sir Frederick thanked the Society on behalf of those who were associated with the early work on insulin, and referred to the desire of Canadians to be in touch with ‘the old land’. He said that, as professor of medical research in the University of Toronto, he saw research students passing away from the University; in one year forty-five per cent of the graduates of the University went to the United States; nevertheless their bond with the British Empire was stronger than with America; their desire was to become more British. He asked that Canadian students should be made kindly welcome in Britain in order that their sentiments of kinship might be made stronger. In Canada they are endeavouring to send their students to Britain, for the great thing about British medicine is that it rests on a solid foundation. Traditions are only beginning in Canada; in this respect there is a great difference from Britain. The Canadian who comes over here takes back with him on his return some of the high traditions which guide men in Great Britain. The bonds of fellowship are stronger and more enduring than financial inducements, which are a source of weakness. Sir Frederick's great wish is that the ties with Britain should be strengthened.

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