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By Chris Feudtner

one in every of medicine's so much striking healing triumphs used to be the invention of insulin in 1921. The drug produced mind-blowing effects, rescuing childrens and adults from the lethal grip of diabetes. yet as Chris Feudtner demonstrates, the next transformation of the ailment from a deadly situation right into a continual ailment is a narrative of good fortune tinged with irony, a revealing saga that illuminates the complicated human results of scientific intervention.

Bittersweet chronicles this heritage of diabetes during the compelling views of people that lived with this sickness. Drawing on a impressive physique of letters exchanged among sufferers or their mom and dad and Dr. Elliot P. Joslin and the workers of physicians at his famed Boston medical institution, Feudtner examines the event of residing with diabetes around the 20th century, highlighting alterations in remedy and their profound results on sufferers' lives. even if excited about juvenile-onset, or style 1, diabetes, the topics explored in Bittersweet have implications for our knowing of adult-onset, or variety 2, diabetes, in addition to a number of alternative ailments that, due to medications or scientific advances, are being reworked from acute to persistent stipulations. certainly, the story of diabetes within the post-insulin period presents a terrific chance for exploring the bigger questions of ways medication alterations our lives.

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