About the Episode
Ancient Egypt; the discovery of medical insulin; chemical weapons testing; a fatal plane crash; and several odd calls from CSIS. What do these events have in common with Canadian inventor, war hero, and physician Sir Frederick Banting?
In this episode, guest host Tom Van Dewark explores the fascinating life of Sir Frederick Banting, the man who discovered medical insulin and whose life could easily be the plot to a Hollywood blockbuster. Tom will dive into Banting’s famous discovery, his controversial contributions to the war effort, and finally the mystery (or, as Tom argues, conspiracy) behind his death.
- If you are interested in visiting or learning more about the Banting House National Historic Site of Canada, click here.
- To read about Sir Frederick Banting’s artistic side, and to view some of his paintings, check out S. Lynn Fraser’s article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
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Producers: Robin Mullins and Emily Cuggy
Hosts: Robin Mullins, Nick Bridges, Keely McCavitt
Guest Host: Tom Van Dewark
Researcher: Tom Van Dewark
Audio Editing: Robin Mullins and Emily Cuggy
Web Content: Casandra Masse
Image Credit: Le Dr Frederick G. Banting sur la passerelle d’embarquement du SS BEOTHIC. Maurice Haycock / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada / C-066533