Major Events of 1922
US Open Winner: Gene Sarazen Score: 288 Course: Skokie Location: Glencoe, IL
World Series Champs: New York Giants vs. NY Yankees Series: 4-0-1
ASTON, FRANCIS WILLIAM, Great Britain, Cambridge University, b. 1877, d. 1945: "for his discovery, by means of his mass spectrograph, of isotopes, in a large number of non-radioactive elements, and for his enunciation of the whole-number rule"
BENAVENTE, JACINTO, Spain, b. 1866, d. 1954: "for the happy manner in which he has continued the illustrious traditions of the Spanish drama"
NANSEN, FRIDTJOF, Norway. b. 1861, d. 1930: Scientist. Explorer. Norwegian Delegate to Socit des Nations (League of Nations). Originator of the Nansen passports (for refugees).
Physiology or Medicine
The prize was divided equally between: HILL, Sir ARCHIBALD VIVIAN, Great Britain, London University, b. 1886, d. 1977: "for his discovery relating to the production of heat in the muscle"; and MEYERHOF, OTTO FRITZ, Germany, Kiel University, b. 1884, d. 1951: "for his discovery of the fixed relationship between the consumption of oxygen and the metabolism of lactic acid in the muscle"
BOHR, NIELS, Denmark, Copenhagen University, b. 1885, d. 1962: "for his services in the investigation of the structure of atoms and of the radiation emanating from them"
Important Events From This day in History November 9th
Albert Einstein receives the Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to Theoretical Physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect" .1967 : First issue of Rolling Stone Magazine founded by Jann Wenner about music, popular culture and politics is published. Image is from the first published issue featuring John Lennon.
General Charles de Gaulle, has died of a heart attack. He was a wartime hero and former president of France and is seen as one of the greatest leaders France ever had as he was a leading member of the resistance movement against German rule in World War II.
2003 : Native to non-native cigarette taxing was schedule to take place soon in the state of World leaders have remembered the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, was joined by Russia's Dmitry Medvedev and France's Nicolas Sarkozy at the Brandenburg Gate. In a video address, Barack Obama told them that the Berliners had rebuked tyranny on November 9, 1989. Some 136 people are thought to have been killed whilst trying to escape through the Wall. Merkel, who grew up in East Germany, presided over the celebratory events, which were attended by tens of thousands of people.
Queen Elizabeth II has knighted actor and director Kenneth Branagh. Branagh was born in Belfast and was given this honor for his service to Northern Ireland and drama.
Citizens of the Maldives came out for a third try at electing a president. The turn-out was quite low as many citizens were tired of the political fighting. The first election results were annulled and the second was stopped by police. One of the candidates is the former president who had been forced out of office and many fear that the democratic process is being tampered with.
Throughout the 1920s, new technologies and new science led to the discovery of vitamins and to increasing knowledge of hormones and body chemistry. New drugs and new vaccines were released following research begun in the previous decade. Sulfa drugs became the first of the anti-bacterial wonder drugs saving thousands of lives from bacterial and viral infections.
Doctors looked at the common cold and influenza to determine their causes and proposed preventative measures to protect against them. This was considered very important at the time because the influenza epidemic of 1918 that killed millions of people was still fresh in peoples minds. We now know it was the H1N1 influenza virus but at the time it was referred to as the Spanish Flu.
In 1920 Herbert McLean Evans discovered Vitamin E, and its anti-sterility properties, and Elmer V. McCollum discovered Vitamin D, its presence in cod liver, and its ability to prevent rickets, a skeletal disorder. Vitamins A, B, C, K, and various subtypes of each were also discovered during the 1920s.
Vaccines had already been developed for diptheria and scarlet fever leaving measles as the most common childhood disease. In 1920 discovery of the cause of measles by bacteriologist Dr N.S. Ferry and chemist L.W. Fisher enabled the production of a measles antitoxin. French researchers also perfected a tuberculosis vaccine that saved the lives of 98% of the infants treated in tuberculosis households. Other French researchers who were credited with the discovery of a diptheria anatoxin also produced the first tetanus anatoxin.
During the early twenties, factories, hotels, clubs and department stores began installing electrically powered hot air hand dryers in wash rooms to replace paper and cloth towels in an effort to improve hygiene and reduce waste.
- 1930 Karl Landsteiner - "for discovery of human blood types"
- 1929 Christiaan Eijkman, Sir Frederick Hopkins - "for discovery of various vitamins"
- 1928 Charles Nicolle - "for work on typhus"
- 1927 Julius Wagner-Jauregg - "for healing general paralysis by infection with malaria"
- 1926 Johannes Fibiger - "for elucidating Spiroptera carcinoma and artificially inducing cancer in an animal."
- 1925 The prize money was allocated to the Special Fund of this prize section
- 1924 Willem Einthoven - "for the discovery of the mechanism of the electrocardiogram"
- 1923 Frederick G. Banting, John Macleod - "for the discovery of insulin"
- 1922 Archibald V. Hill, Otto Meyerhof - "for research on muscles, especially their generation of heat and the relationship between oxygen consumption and lactic acid metabolism "
- 1921 The prize money was allocated to the Special Fund of this prize section
- 1920 August Krogh - "for showing that the gas exchange in the lungs is ordinary diffusion"
Insulin - In 1920 Dr. Frederick Banting of the University of Toronto had an idea that would solve the dreaded diabetes disorder. Previous to this, a diagnosis of diabetes meant slowly wasting away to a certain death. Fred Banting and his colleague Charles Best were able to make a pancreatic extract which had anti-diabetic qualities which they successfully tested on diabetic dogs. Soon an entire research team was working on the production and purification of insulin. Other researchers assisted the discoverers to purify insulin for use on diabetic patients and the first tests were conducted on 14 year old Leonard Thompson early in January 1922. Following the publicity of the success of these tests there was a huge world-wide demand for insulin with some diabetes sufferers who were near death being saved.
Karl Landsteiner studied medicine at the University of Vienna, graduating in 1891. After working in various hospitals in Vienna for many years Landsteiner moved to the Pasteur Institute in Paris. His work there, together with that of other researchers, laid the foundations of our knowledge of polio. He will mostly be remembered for his discovery of blood groups in 1901, for which he received the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1930. In 1919 he moved again to a small Roman Catholic Hospital at The Hague. Here he published, from 1919-1922, twelve papers on blood related issues. He left Holland after being offered a post in the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research in New York and he moved there with his family. Here in collaboration with Levine and Wiener, he furthered his work on the blood groups, greatly extendeding the number of groups, and also in collaboration with Wiener discovered the Rh-factor in blood.
Willem Einthoven, of the Netherlands used the string galvanometer he invented in 1901 to create an electrocardiogram that was more sensitive than earlier inventions. Patients would immerse their hands and feet in containers of salt solutions from which the EKG was recorded. Einthoven assigned the letters P, Q, R, S and T to the various deflections recorded and described the electrocardiographic features of a number of cardiovascular disorders. In 1924, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his discovery.
Penicillin was originally isolated from the Penicillium chrysogenum (formerly Penicillium notatum) mould. The antibiotic effect was originally discovered by a young French medical student Ernest Duchesne studying Penicillium glaucum in 1896, but his discovery was ignored by the Institut Pasteur.
It was then rediscovered in 1928 by Scottish scientist Alexander Fleming, who noticed a halo of inhibition of bacterial growth around a contaminant blue-green mould on a Staphylococcus culture. Fleming concluded that the mould was releasing a substance that was inhibiting bacterial growth. He grew a pure culture and discovered that the fungus was Penicillium notatum &mdash he later named the bacterial inhibiting substance penicillin after the Penicillium notatum that released it. Fleming was convinced after conducting some more experiments that penicillin could not last long enough in the human body to kill pathogenic bacteria and stopped studying penicillin after 1931. It would prove to be the discovery that changed modern medicine.
In 1939, Howard Walter Florey and a team of researchers at Oxford University made significant progress in showing Penicillin's ability to kill infectious bacteria which eventually led to commercial production of penicillin.
The Discovery of InsulinDr. Charles H. Best and Dr. G.R. Williams check one of many experiments being conducted in the lab of the Charles H. Best Institute, University of Toronto. Image: National Film Board of Canada / Library and Archives Canada / PA-112972.
For many years scientists believed that some kind of internal secretion of the pancreas was the key to preventing diabetes and controlling normal metabolism. No one could find it, until in the summer of 1921 a team at the University of Toronto began trying a new experimental approach suggested by Dr. Frederick Banting. By the spring of 1922, the Toronto researchers — Banting, Charles Best, J.B. Collip and their supervisor, J.J.R. Macleod, were able to announce the discovery of insulin. In 1923, Banting and Macleod received the Nobel Prize for one of the most important, and most controversial, breakthroughs in modern medical history.
For many centuries people knew about diabetes mellitus (commonly referred to as diabetes), but it was only dimly understood until the end of the 19th century.
Initially, the body’s inability to process carbohydrates and other nutrients, signified most obviously by the presence of sugar in the urine, was thought to be a liver or a stomach disorder. In 1889 German researchers Oskar Minkowski and Josef von Mehring discovered that dogs that had their pancreas removed immediately became severely and fatally diabetic. Something in the pancreas appeared to be essential to prevent diabetes. Researchers immediately began to try to find the mysterious substance.
Results were mostly negative for example, feeding pancreas to diabetic patients did no good. Still, new knowledge about the body’s dependence on chemical messengers — or hormones — added plausibility to the hypothesis that some kind of internal secretion of the pancreas maintains normal metabolism. The gland was already known to have an external secretion, digestive juices that flow into the duodenum. Another German researcher, Paul Langerhans, had discovered a separate system of cells in the pancreas, later named the islets of Langerhans, which came to be seen as the possible source of the elusive internal secretion. But how could the substance be separated from the rest of the pancreas?
In the meantime diabetes in its severe form, which often struck children, was a horrible disease. Patients expelled excess sugar via their urine, lost weight and strength, suffered many other complications, eventually fell into a coma and then died. Researchers kept hoping that by feeding or injecting diabetic animals or humans with portions of pancreas they could cause an improvement in their condition. The most common test would be to try to lower urinary sugar, or perhaps the blood sugar of a diabetic subject. Until the hoped-for discovery emerged, about all that people with diabetes could do to hold off their disease was eat less and less — postponing death from diabetes by literally starving themselves.
In the 30 years after Minkowski and von Mehring’s 1889 discovery hundreds of investigators around the world tried to find the internal secretion. A few of them, Georg Zuelzer in Germany, E.L. Scott and Israel Kleiner in the United States, N.C. Paulesco in Romania, reported promising findings. Yet their pancreatic extracts functioned erratically and unconvincingly, often with harmful side effects. By 1920, some scientists had given up, thinking the whole idea of an internal secretion of the pancreas was a wild goose chase. Others kept on searching and by this time, they were starting to be able to use better tools, such as new techniques for quickly measuring sugar in the blood and urine.
Frederick BantingFrederick Banting was the codeveloper of insulin and shared Canada's first Nobel Prize (artwork by Irma Coucill).
On the night of 31 October 1920, Dr. Frederick Banting, a young physician and surgeon in the city of London, Ontario, jotted down this idea for research about the pancreas:
Ligate pancreatic ducts of dog. Keep dogs alive till acini degenerate leaving Islets.
Try to isolate the internal secretion of these to relieve glycosurea.
Banting, a farmer’s son from Alliston, Ontario, had graduated in medicine from the University of Toronto in 1916, served in the First World War, done post-graduate work in surgery and, while starting up a medical practice in London, was earning extra income as a part-time teacher in the physiology department at the local University of Western Ontario (now known as Western University). He developed his idea as a result of background reading he was doing to prepare a talk to medical students about the pancreas. Banting had little experience at research or at treating (or even spelling) diabetes.
Banting’s reasoning was that possibly others had not been able to find the internal secretion in their pancreatic mixtures because it was being destroyed by the organ’s well-known external secretion, the digestive juices produced in its acinar cellular system. Perhaps if the flow of digestive juices out of the pancreas could be stopped by surgically blocking or ligating the pancreatic ducts, then the pancreas would stop producing its external secretion. Its acinar cells would shrivel up, but its islet cells, perhaps the source of its internal secretion, would keep on producing the substance. It could then be isolated and used to treat diabetes.
John J.R. Macleod
Frederick Banting was advised at the University of Western Ontario to take his idea back to the University of Toronto, which had extensive research facilities under the direction of a renowned physiologist and expert in carbohydrate metabolism, John James Rickard Macleod. At their first meeting, Macleod was skeptical about both Banting’s idea and his credentials as a researcher. Macleod knew that much better trained scientists had worked on much the same idea. But he had surplus capacity, including research animals and enthusiastic student helpers, in his laboratory. He decided that no harm could come from letting Dr. Banting try to succeed where others had failed. Macleod offered Banting lab space, dogs to work on and the services of a student assistant during the summer of 1921.
One of Macleod’s student helpers, Charles Best, won a coin toss to be the first to start work with Banting. Banting and Best began their experiments under Macleod’s direction at the University of Toronto on 17 May 1921.
University of Toronto Research
Frederick Banting and Charles Best found that serious research was difficult, complicated and fraught with pitfalls. Doing pancreatic surgery to ligate the ducts of dogs was far from easy, especially during the sizzling Toronto heat of the summer of 1921. Accurately and consistently measuring the results of their work was also far from easy. Before J.J.R. Macleod left to holiday in his native Scotland, he gave the young researchers detailed guidance on procedures to follow in their work, including crucial advice on how to prepare extracts of pancreas from duct-ligated dogs for injection into other depancreatized (thus diabetic) dogs.Banting and Best's laboratory where insulin was discovered (courtesy University of Toronto Archives/A1965-0004). Charles Best (left) and Frederick Banting, with a dog used in their experiments to isolate insulin (courtesy Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, U of T).
Banting pressed on with great determination and an enthusiast’s tendency to interpret his results always positively. On 30 July he and Best injected an extract of degenerated pancreas from a duct-ligated dog into another depancreatized, diabetic dog and observed a sharp drop in its blood sugar. Injections of extract into other dogs (the dogs had no names, only numbers) often seemed to reduce blood sugar. When Macleod returned to Toronto at summer’s end he was confronted by excited researchers who believed their experiments with what they called “isletin” were extremely successful.
Macleod was much more critical. He required the duo to repeat and elaborate upon their work, while disagreeing sharply with Banting about facilities and resources. As experiments continued in the autumn of 1921, Banting and Best found that they could discard the cumbersome procedure of duct-ligation. It was possible to make just as effective extract from fresh, chilled beef or pork pancreas obtainable at local slaughterhouses. Banting’s great idea, it turned out, had been useful only to start the Toronto research. In truth it was not particularly original, effective or even physiologically sound.
The real problem was to make their pancreatic extracts work consistently and convincingly to treat the symptoms of diabetes. Chilling the pancreas (which inhibited enzyme action) had been an important step forward. The group also made progress with their techniques of trying to purify the ground-up tissue that seemed to contain the internal secretion.James B. Collip worked with Banting and Best on the discovery of insulin (courtesy Library and Archives Canada/C-37756).
At Frederick Banting’s request, J.J.R. Macleod added a skilled biochemist to the team in December 1921. James Bertram Collip was a Toronto-educated professor at the University of Alberta, who had returned to the city to work for a few months with Macleod on other research. Collip immediately began improving Banting and Charles Best’s crude and inconsistently effective extracts. Still, the first presentation of the Toronto research at the end of December, by Banting and Best, to the American Physiological Society, met substantial criticism from an audience of distinguished diabetologists. The pattern of their results, though perhaps promising, did not yet seem to be significantly better than others had reported.
In January 1922 the Toronto group decided they could safely begin testing their pancreatic extracts on human subjects. On 11 January pancreatic extract made by Banting and Best was injected into the body of Leonard Thompson, a 13-year old boy on the brink of death from diabetes in Toronto General Hospital. Everyone was disappointed when measurements showed the test was a failure. But 12 days later, on 23 January, the team resumed administration of extract on Thompson, and now had spectacular success. His blood and urinary sugars went to normal and his other diabetic symptoms were alleviated. The group knew they were on to something very big in medicine.
The key to the breakthrough on Thompson was that Collip, working furiously, had been able to develop an improved extraction process to remove toxic contaminants from Banting and Best’s extract. His purer extract worked consistently and effectively, suggesting very powerfully that the Toronto team had indeed discovered the internal secretion of the pancreas.
The work now proceeded at a feverish pace. The group, which continued to expand, published a preliminary report of its clinical trials on Thompson and several other patients in the Canadian Medical Association Journal on 22 March 1922. On 3 May 1922, Macleod delivered a paper, “The Effects Produced on Diabetes by Extracts of Pancreas,” at the Washington, DC, meeting of the Association of American Physicians, in which the team first used the word “insulin.” Macleod had suggested this use of a Latin root for islets. The paper’s authors were F.G. Banting, C.H. Best, J.B. Collip, W.R. Campbell, A.A. Fletcher, J.J.R. Macleod and E.C. Noble. (Campbell and Fletcher were the clinicians who administered the extract on patients Noble was another young physiologist).
The audience gave the Toronto researchers a standing ovation. In the eyes of most of the world this was Toronto’s announcement of the discovery of insulin.
For many years afterwards, the University of Toronto supervised insulin production on the basis of patents given to it by members of the discovery team. It licensed manufacturers, who, by the end of 1923, were able to make insulin available to victims of diabetes around the world. The addition of chemist Peter Moloney to the team in the spring of 1922 had marked a turning point in its production operations. The process Moloney developed for purifying insulin made it possible to produce the substance in large quantities.
Global excitement at the sudden appearance of an effective treatment for diabetes masked a nearly incredible story of rivalries and bitterness among the researchers involved.
Frederick Banting had had the idea that started everything. He thought that he and Charles Best, working mainly on their own, had discovered the internal secretion with their dog experiments in the summer and autumn of 1921. Banting had never liked J.J.R. Macleod and he thought James Collip — with whom he had had at least one violent confrontation in the lab — had only added somewhat to the purification of insulin. Banting had well-placed friends in Toronto. Knowing that a Nobel Prize might well be awarded for insulin, they worked very hard to have Banting honoured, at home and abroad, as the discoverer of insulin.
Among experienced scientists there was more support for the view that Banting and Best’s somewhat fumbling researches would not have reached the goal without the contributions of both Macleod and Collip — along with other workers, such as those who had made recent crucial advances in the ability to measure and track changes in blood sugar levels. In its deliberations for the 1923 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, the Nobel Committee of the Caroline Institute in Sweden concluded that Banting would not have found the way to insulin without the guidance of Macleod. They awarded the 1923 prize — one of the fastest honourings of a discovery in the history of the awards — to Banting and Macleod. Banting immediately announced that Best should have been honoured and that he would divide his prize money equally with his young partner. Macleod announced that he would divide his prize money equally with Collip.
The Nobel Prize for insulin became highly controversial. Banting’s admirers, joined by Best and his friends, insisted that Macleod was improperly recognized, and that the award should have gone to Banting and Best. Years of propaganda, involving extensive distortion of history, established in the popular mind, especially in Canada, the view that insulin had been discovered by Banting and Best. Macleod and Collip became forgotten men.
Scientists and medical historians were more inclined to the view that the discovery of insulin involved a collaborative effort by a team of scientists — Banting, Best, Collip, Macleod and others. This is now the more accepted view at the University of Toronto and in other informed circles. From time to time there have also been campaigns to claim that one or other of the earlier researchers — Zuelzer, Scott, Paulesco and others — was the real discoverer of insulin. These claims have not been widely credited.
Niels Henrik David Bohr (Danish pronunciation: [ni:ls ˈboɐ̯ˀ]) was a Danish physicist who made foundational contributions to understanding atomic structure and quantum mechanics, for which he received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1922. Bohr mentored and collaborated with many of the top physicists of the century at his institute in Copenhagen. He was part of a team of physicists working on the Manhattan Project. Bohr married Margrethe Nørlund in 1912, and one of their sons, Aage Bohr, grew up to be an important physicist who in 1975 also received the Nobel Prize. Bohr has been described as one of the most influential scientists of the 20th century.
In 1922 Niels Bohr was awarded the Nobel prize in physics "for his services in the investigat Niels Henrik David Bohr (Danish pronunciation: [ni:ls ˈboɐ̯ˀ]) was a Danish physicist who made foundational contributions to understanding atomic structure and quantum mechanics, for which he received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1922. Bohr mentored and collaborated with many of the top physicists of the century at his institute in Copenhagen. He was part of a team of physicists working on the Manhattan Project. Bohr married Margrethe Nørlund in 1912, and one of their sons, Aage Bohr, grew up to be an important physicist who in 1975 also received the Nobel Prize. Bohr has been described as one of the most influential scientists of the 20th century.
In 1922 Niels Bohr was awarded the Nobel prize in physics "for his services in the investigation of the structure of atoms and of the radiation emanating from them". . more
DDT Not a Health Risk
The use of DDT declined after 1972, when it was banned, due to environmental concerns, by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. As Richard Tren of the public health advocacy group called Africa Fighting Malaria noted, “while there is evidence that the widespread, virtually unregulated agricultural use of DDT … did harm the environment, no study… has shown DDT to be the cause of any human health problem.”
In 2006, the World Health Organization reversed its stance on DDT. The WHO now recommends “the use of [DDT in] indoor residual spraying” as “DDT presents no health risk when used properly.”