Laboratory notebook 1 21/01/ - 10/08/1921
Banting, Frederick Grant, Sir, 1891-1941
Jan. 21 - Aug. 8 1921
100 leaves ; 21 x 14 cm.
Item is a Walker's Re-form/fill Patent Duplicate Book with perforated leaves and originally containing a total of 200 pages. These pages consisted of 100 'original' pages and 100 'duplicate' pages numbered 1 to 100. The notebook contains notes made in F. G. Banting's, C. H. Best's, and E. C. Noble's hands. The notes record observations for experiments on turtles from Jan. 21 to June 16, 1921 and for experiments done on dogs from May 21 to Aug. 7, 1921. The notebook is complete but some duplicates have been torn out and some originals have been torn out. The notes on dogs skip back and forth between pages and are not in sequential order but are dated. The notebook is divided as follows: Notes dated Jan. 21, 1921 to June 16, 1921 are carbon copies on pages 1 to 39 and are in E. C. Noble's and Best's hands. These notes are devoted entirely to recording experiments on the blood sugar of turtles. Notes dated May 21, 1921 to May 27, 1921 are on the 'duplicate' of page 88 and are in Best's hand. This page records notes for experiments on dog 387. Notes dated May 28 to June 12, 1921 are on the 'original' of pages 89 to 100. They are in Best's and Banting's hands, and are made in ink, in pencil, and in blue pencil. These pages record experiments on Dog 387, Dog 295, Dog 386, and Dog 392 Notes dated June 13 - Aug. 4, 1921 are carbon copies on pages 50 to 87 and are in Banting's, Best's, and Nobel's hand with correction and additions made in pencil and in ink. These pages record experiments for Dog 386, Dog 392, Dog 399, Dog 410, Dog 406, Dog 408, and Dog 306. In addition, the 'original' of page 88 contains notes in ink in Best's hand and continues the observations made for Dog 408 on August 4, 1921 Notes dated Aug. 4 - Aug. 7, 1921 are carbon copies on pages 40 to 49 and are in Best's and Banting's hand with additions made in pencil on the verso of some pages in Banting's hand. These pages record the experiments done on Dog 408 and Dog 393. It appears that Noble and Best had been sharing this notebook. Notes in Nobel's hand record experiments on turtles from Jan. 21, 1921 to June 16, 1921 (occasionally notes on turtles are in Best's hand). Notes in Best's hand on dogs begin on page 88 (inscription at top of page reads 'Started work with Fred Banting May 17, 1921. The day after my 4 yr. P & B exams finished.') These notes start May 21, 1921 and continue through to Aug. 7, 1921. From June 17 to June 27 observations on dogs are recorded in Noble's hand.
MS. COLL. 76 (Banting), Box 6A, Folder 3
Title based on contents of item.
Inscription on front cover, in Banting's hand reads: 'Banting & Best.'
The detached originals and duplicates for pages 40 to 100 are in the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library MS. COLL 76 (Banting) Box 6A, Folders 4 - 6.
Dogs as laboratory animalsInsulin - Early experiments