Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

Margaret and Charley: The Personal Story of Dr. Charles Best, the Co-Discoverer of Insulin

Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

Margaret and Charley: The Personal Story of Dr. Charles Best, the Co-Discoverer of Insulin

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Henry B.M.Best, Margaret and Charley: The Personal Story of Dr. Charles Best, the Co-Discoverer of Insulin (Toronto and Oxford: Dundurn, 2003), 542pp. Cloth. ISBN 1-5500-2399-3.

In both an intellectual and a financial sense, Charles and Margaret Best were like a young couple who had won the Lottery. At the age of 24, he was not only hailed as one of the team who had discovered insulin, but had received half the share of the Nobel Prize awarded to his senior colleague, Frederick Banting. Winning the Lottery is not always a blessing, and it took a strong couple to survive the adulation and the jealousies that success entailed. Hence this biography is a portrait of a marriage, and is based extensively upon Margaret Best's diaries. It is also a courageous exercise in authorship by a scholar who is a well-known figure in Canadian Studies on both sides of the Atlantic. Henry Best has written his parents' biography with an admirable mixture of affection and detachment, discreetly appearing from time to time in the narrative to underline a point or capture a memory. The younger son of the marriage, he emerged from a very long parental shadow to make his own academic career as a historian and university President: his doctoral dissertation on George-Etienne Cartier remains an important reference point for understanding nineteenthcentury Canada. …

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