Breakthrough: The Dramatic Story of the Discovery of Insulin, a Traveling Panel Exhibition


The traveling version of the exhibition Breakthrough: The Dramatic Story of the Discovery of Insulin, which was on display at the New-York Historical Society from October 2010 through January 2011 chronicles the discovery of the world’s first miracle drug, the impact of this breakthrough, and the evolution of insulin production and diabetes patient care throughout the 20th century.

To lead visitors through this history, from the discovery of insulin in Toronto by Dr. Frederick Banting in 1921 and its first human trials in 1922 to its widespread use today, Breakthrough features reproductions from archives including those of the University of Toronto, Eli Lilly and Company, the Rockefeller Institute, the Joslin Clinic and the New York Academy of Medicine.

The two vista stand-alone display panels (approximately 10 feet wide by 7 feet tall each) include reproductions of photographs, medical texts, documents (Nobel prize citation, letters, medical notes, a telegram, and a newspaper article), and advertisements. In addition, the exhibition includes a silent 1932 industrial film of insulin production from Eli Lilly & Co.

For more information, please e-mail travelingexhibitions@nyhistory.org

Tour Schedule

Venue Dates
Children with Diabetes’ Friends for Life Conference at Disney World (Orlando, FL) July 5–July 10, 2011
Shimberg Health Sciences Library, University of South Florida (Tampa, FL) October 1–October 21, 2011
Tyler Type One Foundation and will be displayed at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital (Tyler, TX) November 1–November 30, 2011
Suttie Centre for Teaching and Learning in Healthcare, Forester Hill Campus, University of Aberdeen, Scotland May 25–June 8, 2012

For more information, please e-mail travelingexhibitions@nyhistory.org

Creative: Tronvig Group