The dramatic story of a scientific race against death in the 1920s. It is 1919 and Elizabeth Hughes, the eleven-year-old daughter of America's most-distinguished jurist and politician, Charles Evans Hughes, has been diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. The only accepted form of treatment--starvation--whittles her down to forty-five pounds. Meanwhile, Canadian researchers Frederick Banting and Charles Best manage to identify and purify insulin from animal pancreases--a miracle soon marred by scientific jealousy and even fistfights. Elizabeth is one of the first diabetics to receive insulin injections--all while its discoverers and a little known pharmaceutical company struggle to make it available to the rest of the world.
Relive the heartwarming true story of the discovery of insulin as it’s never been told before, with authentic detail and suspense, and featuring walk-ons by William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, and Eli Lilly, among many others.