From a very young age Canadian born Fred Banting knew that he wanted to be a doctor. He was amazed by the "new" techniques and discoveries of the twentieth century and wanted to be an active participant in medical research. His father, however, strongly believed that nothing was more important than being a minister. This, coupled with Fred's average grades in school, made it difficult for Fred to pursue his dream. Still he persisted and in 1912 he was accepted at the University of Toronto's School of Medicine. Adversity, however, continued to dog Fred. World War I, severe financial difficulties, and lack of support from his colleagues, are just some of the personal struggles that Fred overcame. His perseverance ultimately led to the discovery of insulin. This book contains many photos, several timelines, a glossary, an index and other recommended readings. It is part of the "Unlocking the Secrets of Science" series. 2002, Mitchell Lane, $18.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer:Denise Daley
School Library Journal
Gr 6-10-These pedestrian biographies portray the working lives of two 20th-century scientists. Both provide clear narratives about the way the inventors progressed from initial inspirations through many false trails to eventual success, despite certain obstacles. In an apparent effort to attract readers, the authors wring every bit of drama they can from their subjects' lives. But accounts of conflicts with parents and bouts of depression will not be enough to attract students' interest. Banting was quite well known in his time, and several books have been written about his life for this audience (all are out of print). Carothers's life was not as well documented. Bankston quotes several biographies, but Gaines attributes emotional states to her subject without any documentation. Neither book lists sources. Graphically, both titles are very ordinary, with large blocks of type unbroken by supplemental material. The black-and-white photographs are well reproduced. Average-quality choices for reports.-Jonathan Betz-Zall, City University Library, Everett, WA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.