The Fight to Survive: A Young Girl, Diabetes, and the Discovery of Insulin by Caroline Cox. Published by Kaplan Publishing, 2009. ISBN 1607145510. 254 pages, hardcover US$26.95.
The Fight to Survive: A Young Girl, Diabetes, and the Discovery of Insulin is the very personal story of Elizabeth Evans Hughes, daughter of Charles Evans Hughes, who served as Governor of New York, US Secretary of State, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Elizabeth was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1919 when she was 11 years old. The only treatment was a brutal starvation diet, which prolonged life -- and in her case, prolonged it enough for her to become one of the first people in the world to receive insulin. Author Caroline Cox takes us back to Elizabeth's life and helps us understand the inner courage of one young girl. If you're interested in learning about the history of diabetes and insulin, The Fight to Survive is for you. Recommended.
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