THE FIRST CLINICAL TRIALS OF INSULIN
Tamen alte in memoriam sculptum
Mr. President, Mr. Premier, colleagues and cousins.
You wonder perhaps how I can call you cousin. Actually
there are many Canadians here today who can do so: eight
generations ago our joint fore-fathers came to a New
World seeking religious freedom. In our great-grand-
fathers' time, those deprived of civil rights in the new
United States drove their Conestogas or ox-drawn tour-
ing cars into the northern wilderness to help found in Can-
ada a new democracy.
But besides a transfusion of United Empire Loyalists
the American Revolution was destined to provide a further
service to the development of democracy in Canada. Prop-
aganda is not a new weapon, as many seem to think, but
propaganda may have results, unexpected and unforseen.
The Continental Congress employed it on the French-
Canadians who, under French rule, had never enjoyed any
civil rights worth mentioning. Though it failed in its
object it became, as Lanctot' has said, perhaps the greatest
single factor in uniting us into the present Dominion of
Canada since it brought French-speaking Canadians into
contact with more modern ideas of the rights of man. In
peace and amity Americans and Canadians have lived
together; in war, fought side by side. As an experimental-
ist, I believe that we should never be joined closer, two
nations with the greatest opportunity in all the world of
working out for the good of all peoples the problems that
I am glad we have with us still most of those who so
greatly assisted in the early clinical evaluation of insulin-
Allen and Joslin, Woodyatt, Williams and Wilder. But
alas, some of that little group have passed from the sight
of men: Macleod- Geyelin-Banting.