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 The first successful test on a human patient with diabetes occurred when a 2nd dose of insulin was administered to dangerously ill Leonard Thompson (14).

Following the birth of an idea and nine months of experimentation, and through the combined efforts of four men at the University of Toronto, Canada, insulin for the treatment of diabetes was first discovered and later purified for human use.

Rural Canadian physician, Dr. F.G. Banting first conceived the idea of extracting insulin from the pancreas in 1920. He and his assistant,

 C.H. Best prepared pancreatic extracts to prolong the lives of diabetic dogs with advice and laboratory aid from Professor J.J.R. Macleod. The crude insulin extract was purified for human testing by Dr. J.B. Collip. Insulin, now made from cattle pancreases, lifted the death sentence for diabetes sufferers around the world.

  1975 Jan 23, “Barney Miller” premiered on ABC with James Gregory (d.2002 at 90) as Inspector Luger based in a NYC police precinct. Hal Linden played Capt. Barney Miller. Steve Landesberg (1945-2010) played the role of Detective Sgt. Arthur P. Dietrich. Ron Glass (1945-2016) played Detective Ron Harris. The series ended in 1982 after 172 episodes. A spin-off called “Fish” was created in 1977 based on detective Phil Fish played by Abe Vigoda.

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