Making the Unit of Insulin: Standards, Clinical Work, and Industry, 1920-1925

@article{Sinding2002MakingTU,
  title={Making the Unit of Insulin: Standards, Clinical Work, and Industry, 1920-1925},
  author={Christian Sinding},
  journal={Bulletin of the History of Medicine},
  year={2002},
  volume={76},
  pages={231 - 270}
}
  • C. Sinding
  • Published 1 June 2002
  • Political Science
  • Bulletin of the History of Medicine
The standardization of insulin is generally considered by historians to have been a process conducted by physiologists under the direction of Henry Dale. This article shows that it actually involved many actors and began with the earliest administration to patients in Canada and the United States. During this first phase, the drug company Eli Lilly also contributed actively to the standardization, under the scientific direction of George Clowes. This is not to undermine the role of Dale, whose… 
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