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In addition to the core collection, the following are available:

  • Banting's scrapbooks - page images of three scrapbooks, compiled by FG Banting, documenting his career and personal life. Selected items in the scrapbooks have also been individually described and included in the core collection. These items are listed on each scrapbook page.
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Treatment of diabetes
The insulin treatment
Nobel medicine prize awarded to Drs. Banting and Macleod, Toronto discoverers of insulin for treatment of diabetes
Letter to Sir Robert Falconer 30/09/1921
Letter to Robert Falconer 30/09/1921
Letter to  Mr. C. H. Best 11/05/1923
Letter to Sir Robert A. Falconer 10/12/1928
The story of insulin
First draft of the objectives of the Banting and Best research foundation 27/11/2912
Letter to Charley Best 27/07/[1922]
Letter to Bruce Macleod 22/12/1921
Letter to Bruce Macleod 29/12/1921
Letter to Charles Best 26/10/23
The physiology of insulin and its source in the animal body: Nobel lecture delivered at Stockholm on May 26th 1925
Banting and Best pay tribute to latest medical discoverer; Collip to distribute extract
Letter to Col. Gooderham: History of the researches leading to the discovery of insulin by J. J. R. Macleod
Insulin wins a great prize
Letter to Dr. J. G. Fitzgerald 5/07/1923
Letter to the Insulin Committee 22/10/1923
Telegram to Dr. J. J. R. Macleod 17/09/1922
Letter to C. H. Best 28/12/[1923]
Letter to Dr. Elliott P. Joslin 21/11/1921
Letter to Doctor Macleod 15/06/1922
Letter to Professor C. H. Best 26/01/1929