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[RECOMMENDED!] Breakthrough: Elizabeth Hughes, the Discovery of Insulin, and the Making of a Medical Miracle by Thea Cooper and Arthur Ainsberg. Published by St. Martin's Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0-312-64870-1. Hardcover, 306 pages. US$24.99.

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As the parent of a child (now adult) with type 1 diabetes, there is no greater story to be told than that of the discovery of insulin. Breakthrough offers a new, richly detailed and deeply personal perspective of one young girl -- Elizabeth Hughes -- and her family's struggle to keep her alive on a starvation diet so that she might one day enjoy a miracle -- the discovery of insulin. I cannot help but feel our family in place of the Hughes family, sharing their emotions as they watch their daughter waste away, learn about the "Miracle in Toronto," and do whatever it takes to get Elizbeth insulin so that she might be saved. Breakthrough brings a new emotional depth to what for many of us is truly the greatest story ever told. For pure historians, the authors have taken some liberties with some specifics in the interest of the story, but this is no work of fiction. Breakthrough is a must have addition to the library of everyone living with type 1 diabetes. Highly Recommended.

--JSH

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