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Frederick Banting
Discoverer of Insulin, the lifesaving drug of diabetics

“No one ever had an idea in a dress suit.”
- Frederick Grant Banting

“No single event in the history of medicine had changed the lives of so many people, so suddenly.”
- Stephen Hume, Biographer of Banting

“Campbell knows all about diabetes but cannot treat it; Banting knows nothing about diabetes but can treat it.”
- D.E. Robertson, countering the complaints that Banting’s slim research qualifications should take away from his credit, compared him to Walter Campbell, the young doctor who handled the diabetic patients at Toronto General Hospital.

 “Credit should be apportioned 80 percent to Banting, 10 percent to Best and 5 percent each to Collip and J.J.R. Macleod.”
- Bert Collips, who was brought in to help with the insulin work, when people argued that the specialists in the lab should have gotten more credit than Banting.

“I hope his young life will be sunshine, but he will have clouds and storms and mists.  Above all, I hope his life will be useful.  After all, work is the only thing in life that brings happiness.”
- Frederick Banting, on what he wished for his son