Sir Frederick Grant Banting

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Sir Frederick Grant Banting
Among the Greatest Canadians

Sir Frederick Grant Banting was one of the greatest Canadians in history. He was born on November 14, 1891 near Alliston Ontario, and died in 1941 at the age of 50. After serving as a medical officer in France during the First World War, Frederick Banting was awarded the Military Cross for his bravery. He was also responsible for one of the greatest achievements in medical history, the discovery of insulin in 1922. He had saved the lives of countless diabetics throughout the world. Frederick Banting won the first Nobel Prize for Canadians in Medicine and Physiology in 1923, for no single event in the history of medicine had so dramatically changed the lives of so many people. He was also knighted in 1934. Mr. Banting was the greatest medical scientist known to mankind and this can be seen through his heroic efforts in World War One, his healing acts in life saving work, and great achievements in medicine and physiology.

When Britain declared war on Germany in 1914, Frederick Banting had tried to enlist in the Canadian Army as a medical doctor, but was rejected twice for his poor eye sight. He was not accepted into the Canadian army until 1915, where he trained in Niagara Falls. In March of 1917, Banting sailed from Halifax to England where he was posted at a hospital for soldiers maimed or blinded by poison gas. In 1918, Frederick Banting was put on the front lines as a medical officer in Cambrai. He was wounded in the right arm, and although he was severely injured, he defied orders and treated the other wounded. Banting was awarded the Military Cross for his bravery and he was then sent back to England, where he recovered from his battle wounds. He was discharged from the army in 1919. Frederick Banting was a hero in World War One, and his heroism still lives today.

Frederick Banting’s greatest achievement in his life time, as well as medical science, was the discovery of...
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