Speaking out: Lawrence and the Diabetic Association

Allsop, Judith (2012) Speaking out: Lawrence and the Diabetic Association. In: Diabetes, insulin and the life of R. D. Lawrence. Royal Society of Medicine. ISBN 9781853159695

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Abstract

In 1920 Dr RD Lawrence was an aspiring surgeon when he developed diabetes, then tantamount to a death sentence. Three years later, having been saved by insulin, he wrote The Diabetic Life which extended to 14 editions and was published in many languages.

This book records what came before; his strong Aberdonian background and his glittering academic career. It outlines the crashing of his hopes and evokes the drama of his turning point, the discovery of insulin, so well described as 'one of those incredible moments in medical history where a new treatment literally raises people from the dead'.

It records the powerful lessons he learned from his own sometimes painful experiences of reclaiming his life — discoveries that will grip the imagination of the reader. We learn the many ways in which he sought to communicate his understanding and success to others confronted with a diagnosis of diabetes.

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Additional Information:In 1920 Dr RD Lawrence was an aspiring surgeon when he developed diabetes, then tantamount to a death sentence. Three years later, having been saved by insulin, he wrote The Diabetic Life which extended to 14 editions and was published in many languages. This book records what came before; his strong Aberdonian background and his glittering academic career. It outlines the crashing of his hopes and evokes the drama of his turning point, the discovery of insulin, so well described as 'one of those incredible moments in medical history where a new treatment literally raises people from the dead'. It records the powerful lessons he learned from his own sometimes painful experiences of reclaiming his life — discoveries that will grip the imagination of the reader. We learn the many ways in which he sought to communicate his understanding and success to others confronted with a diagnosis of diabetes.
Keywords:Diabetic Association, DR Lawrence
Subjects:L Social studies > L431 Health Policy
L Social studies > L510 Health & Welfare
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:6862
Deposited By: Alison Wilson
Deposited On:22 Nov 2012 10:56
Last Modified:22 Nov 2012 10:57

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