Fred & Marjorie
A Doctor, a Dog, and the Discovery of Insulin
by Deborah Kerbel
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 15 Aug 2021 | Archive Date 20 Oct 2021
Owlkids Books, Owlkids
"Readers will want to dig deeper into this true story of canine heroes and lifesaving science." — Kirkus Reviews
In 1921, Frederick Banting was a young doctor with an idea: could the mysterious secretions of the pancreas be used to treat diabetes? We now call this substance insulin, and its life-saving discovery was an impactful milestone in medical science.
Banting and his assistant, Charles Best, worked together in a small lab to test the theory with street dogs. Banting formed a special bond with one of his test dogs and gave her a name: Marjorie. After Marjorie responded well to insulin treatments, the treatments went on to be used for humans with diabetes—and the results were deemed practically miraculous.
A real-life scientific milestone told in an innovative graphic novel format, the book also thoughtfully discusses the use of animals for medical research, including back matter on the subject and further information about diabetes.
Available on NetGalley
Average rating from 17 members
This book offers a detailed yet simple overview of how insulin was used and the story of the dogs that helped. It was heartbreaking reading about how dogs were experimented on, but I liked that the author didn’t shy away from addressing it in the afterword area. They openly admitted about the gaps in the story and unethical use of animals. The graphic novel style gives an emotional side that just reading the story would leave out. We could see the emotional dilemma Fred faced using the dogs. Very good book and it’s interesting to learn.