What is Diabetes: A Museum with Meaning

In my first week as the new summer student at Banting House National Historic Site of Canada, I was surprised by how little I knew about diabetes. I had a general understanding of what it was and because it did not affect me personally, that was all I remembered. What little I know (thanks to […]

Banting’s Apothecary

Dr. Banting occupied three of the rooms of Banting House NHSC while he lived here from June 1920 to April 1921. His office and bedroom tend to get a lot of attention and hold meaningful messages about Banting and his time in London, but what about the third room? Banting used his third room in the house […]

Behind the scenes: Commemorative Integrity

In my classes at Western this week, we have been learning about the concept of “commemorative integrity.” This concept was defined specifically by Parks Canada for National Historic Sites like Banting House. Because commemorative integrity  is so important to everything we do at Banting House National Historic Site of Canada, I wanted to share some […]

Understanding Dr. Banting’s Hypothesis: Part II

Introduction In our previous post we introduced Dr. Banting’s 25-word hypothesis and looked at the gross anatomy of the digestive system, the microscopic structure of the pancreas (e.g. acini, islets of Langerhans, β-cells) as well as the role of insulin in blood glucose regulation. Insulin in the form of pancreatic extract was successfully administered to a […]

Dr. Banting’s Hypothesis: Part I

In today’s blog, we will begin to unravel the meaning behind Dr. Banting’s hypothesis by discussing the anatomy of the digestive system, microscopic structure of the pancreas and blood glucose regulation by the hormone insulin. During his 10-month stay here in London, Dr. Banting held a teaching position at the University of Western Ontario in […]