WILLIAM J. STEENROD JR., M.D.
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To the editor: In a recent editorial note, Hudson (1), reviewing J. J. R. Macleod's "History of the Researches Leading to the Discovery of Insulin" from the 1978 Bulletin of the History of Medicine, argues that this paper presents a "more favorable picture of Macleod and his contribution than has been drawn before." This is not surprising, since the treatise was written by Macleod. On several points, however, Macleod's version does not square with the evidence.
First, was, Dr. Hudson avers, Macleod "leaning over backward in an effort to be fair at a time when it was customary for the
STEENROD WJ. The Discovery of Insulin. Ann Intern Med. ;92:443. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-92-3-443
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1980;92(3):443.
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