One of Canada’s leading medical-history historians
No one did more than Dr. Bliss to preserve and commemorate the legacy of Canada’s first Nobel Laureates, whose discovery of Insulin alleviated suffering for millions and brought attention to the intellectual achievements of an emerging nation. Dr. Bliss not only told the great story of Frederick Banting but also the contributions of his collaborators. With masterful attention to both the heroic discovery as well as the human limitations and complexities involved, Dr. Bliss’ Discovery of Insulin remains a prime example of his valuable contribution to the telling of medicine’s past. His taut and authoritative recreations of medical history provide professional and lay readers alike with a deeper appreciation for medical achievements and a better understanding of their context and conditions.