A hundred years ago, those suffering from juvenile diabetes only had one treatment for the disease: a restricted diet. So restricted that a child could starve to death- it was actually called the starvation diet. Both the disease and the treatment were eventually fatal. The breakthrough in treatment was quite sudden.
In 1922 scientists Frederick Banting (November 14, 1891 – February 21, 1941) and Charles Best (February 27, 1899 – March 31, 1978) arrived at a hospital ward for diabetic children, most of them comatose and dying from diabetic keto-acidosis. This is known as one of medicine’s most incredible moments. Imagine a room full of parents sitting at the bedside waiting for the inevitable death of their child.
The scientists went from bed to bed and injected the children with the new purified extract – insulin. As they began to inject the last comatose child, the first child injected began to awaken. Then one by one, all the children awoke from their diabetic comas. A room of death and gloom became a place of joy and hope.
Read some of the case studies of children brought back from death's door when insulin was made available to them, with pictures, at Flashbak. -via Nag on the Lake