WASHINGTON, July 27 Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
TUESDAY, JULY 27: INSULIN
Profile America -- Tuesday, July 27th. On this date in 1921, two researchers at the University of Toronto, Dr. Frederick Banting and Charles Best, gave the first insulin shot in history to a dog. The next year, a dying young boy was injected and helped. The first commercial insulin was made available to a desperate public later in 1922. Banting and Best sold their patent for insulin to the University of Toronto for $1. Banting received the Nobel Prize for his work, and shared his prize money with Charles Best. Even with modern advancements, some 72,500 people die of the effects of diabetes each year in the U.S. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2010, p. 389
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2010, t. 115
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau