Frederick Banting was thirty-one when he received the Nobel Prize for his part in the discovery of insulin. He was catapulted to instant fame, for which he was neither personally nor professionally prepared. Set up as head of his own research institute by a grateful government, he struggled fruitlessly to duplicate his first triumph. His marriage to a beautiful socialite ended in a scandal that rocked Toronto, and he returned to work and painting to dull his frustration. He died in a mysterious plane crash; a new preface to this edition discusses recent findings about the crash.
Michael Bliss's highly acclaimed biography explores the life of a scientist who during his lifetime was the most famous of all Canadians, but who in his private life stands revealed as a passionate, troubled man, in many ways the victim of his own fame.
About the author
Michael Bliss was a Canadian historian and a University Professor Emeritus in the Department of History and the History of Medicine Program at the University of Toronto. He was the author of numerous award-winning books in business and political history as well as the history of medicine, including popular biographies of Sir Frederick Banting, Sir William Osler, and Harvey Cushing. He was an Officer of the Order of Canada, an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and the first historian to be inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.
Other titles by Michael Bliss
The Discovery of Insulin
Special Centenary Edition
Right Honourable Men
The Descent of Canadian Politics from MacDonald to Chrétien
A Professor’s Life
The Making of Modern Medicine
Turning Points in the Treatment of Disease
A Life in Surgery
Right Honourable Men Updated Reissue
A Life in Medicine
Conscience and History
A Canadian Millionaire
The Life and Business Times of Sir Joseph Flavelle, Bart., 1858-1939
Social Planning for Canada
The 1935 classic of Canadian socialist thought