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By Chris Feudtner

one among medicine's such a lot outstanding healing triumphs used to be the invention of insulin in 1921. The drug produced unbelievable effects, rescuing childrens and adults from the lethal grip of diabetes. yet as Chris Feudtner demonstrates, the following transformation of the disorder from a deadly situation right into a power affliction is a narrative of luck tinged with irony, a revealing saga that illuminates the complicated human effects of scientific intervention.

Bittersweet chronicles this heritage of diabetes throughout the compelling views of people that lived with this sickness. Drawing on a striking physique of letters exchanged among sufferers or their mom and dad and Dr. Elliot P. Joslin and the employees of physicians at his famed Boston medical institution, Feudtner examines the event of dwelling with diabetes around the 20th century, highlighting adjustments in therapy and their profound results on sufferers' lives. even though all for juvenile-onset, or style 1, diabetes, the topics explored in Bittersweet have implications for our figuring out of adult-onset, or variety 2, diabetes, in addition to a number of alternative ailments that, due to medicines or scientific advances, are being remodeled from acute to continual stipulations. certainly, the story of diabetes within the post-insulin period presents an awesome chance for exploring the bigger questions of ways drugs adjustments our lives.

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