Historical Item
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Name: Insulin

Category: Medicine

Size/weight: 10 mL of solution

Rarity: easily accessible

Value: ~$3.00

Uses: Insulin shots were administered to patients suffering from diabetes in order to remove excess glucose.

Description (ca. 1921): The very first patient to be treated with insulin resided in Rochester, NY. A series of letters were found from that period which provided a description of a juvenile patient with diabetes before and after the use of insulin as a therapeutic agent.
The first American patient was the daughter of the governor of New York, the Dr. John Ralston Williams had the insulin shipped to Rochester from Toronto in order to treat her.