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The Quest

The Quest

| 38 min

This short film is a re-enactment of the critical year in Dr. Frederick Banting's life when he discovered insulin for the treatment of diabetes at the University of Toronto. It depicts the odds against which he and his assistant, Charles Best, worked; the scepticism of other doctors and the final victory that gave thousands of diabetics hope for a healthier life.

  • director
    Stanley Jackson
  • executive producer
    Nicholas Balla
  • script
    Leslie McFarlane
  • photography
    Reginald Morris
  • sound
    Michel Belaieff
    George Croll
  • editing
    Robert Russell
  • sound editing
    Bernard Bordeleau
  • music
    Eldon Rathburn
  • cast
    Leo Ciceri
    Norman Ettlinger
    Dennis Stanway


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Ages 14 to 17

Health/Personal Development - Disease Prevention
Science - Biology

Since the discovery of insulin, how has treatment for diabetes advanced? Have students explain the reasons for the increasing prevalence of diabetes. Besides taking insulin, how can a person with diabetes best manage their condition? Have students create an educational brochure that provides information on diabetes.

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