March 9, 2021
2021 marks the centenary of the discovery of insulin, an achievement that ranks among the greatest discoveries in the history of medicine. Millions of people have survived and thrived thanks to the research conducted in Toronto in 1921 and the subsequent innovations in diabetes care that have helped people with the condition to live full and healthy lives.
Dr Richard Beaser is Medical Director of Continuing Medical Education at Joslin Diabetes Centre. His personal interest in diabetes began in childhood, through his father, Dr Samuel Beaser, a diabetes specialist who had decided to devote his professional life to the condition after reading the dramatic patient chart description of the race against time to get life-saving insulin for one of the first people with diabetes to receive it in 1922.
We spoke to Dr Beaser about the events that unfolded in Toronto in 1921, the key players involved and the significant developments in diabetes care that have occurred over the last century.