Dear Dr. Banting

Every time I give a tour at the museum, I note one of the most touching parts of the house: the cue cards sitting in Frederick Banting’s bedroom. This is our “Dear Dr. Banting” exhibit, full of letters visitors have written to Frederick Banting.

The letters are one of my favourite parts of the museum – you could spend hours reading through the thoughts and ideas people share. It really emphasizes how important Banting’s legacy is, and how many people he has personally affected.

People wrote letters to Dr. Banting throughout his life, saying thank you: thank you for saving my child, thank you for saving my life, thank you for inspiring me. Now, people come here to Banting House to feel connected to him.  In Banting’s bedroom, where he awoke with sudden inspiration and wrote down his thesis that would lead to the discovery of insulin, visitors can see cards and letters addressed to him. They are written in many different languages, and by people of many different ages, but all of them have the same sentiment: Thank you, Dr. Banting.

Dr. Banting Thank-you for all your hard work, and your discovery of insulin! Because of you I will live to raise my children. With Love, Lisa Auger
Dr. Banting
Thank-you for all your hard work, and your discovery of insulin!
Because of you I will live to raise my children.
With Love, Lisa Auger

Dear Dr. Banting Thanks for purifying insulin and keeping my friend alive From, Somto
Dear Dr. Banting
Thanks for purifying insulin and keeping my friend alive
From, Somto
Sept 26 2014 Doctor Banting, Without insulin our Cole would not be alive today. Thank you thank-ya! You hold a special place in the Swick families heart because you saved our son's life. Love Swicks Thank you, Cole
Sept 26 2014
Doctor Banting,
Without insulin our Cole would not be alive today. Thank you thank-ya!
You hold a special place in the Swick families heart because you saved our son’s life. Love Swicks
Thank you, Cole
Dear Dr. Banting I cam here to pay my respect. Thx Moudy from Egypt
Dear Dr. Banting
I cam here to pay my respect. Thx
Moudy from Egypt
November 14/2008 Happy Birthday Dr. Banting! My name is Devon and I have diabetes! Thank you for your discovery of insulin and all your help. Love, Devon I am 7.
November 14/2008
Happy Birthday Dr. Banting! My name is Devon and I have diabetes! Thank you for your discovery of insulin and all your help.
Love, Devon I am 7.

This post was written by Kylie Smith. Kylie specializes in Honours History and minors in anthropology  at The University of Western Ontario.

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