Myra Blaustein

Letter to Dr. Banting 21/12/1922

Myra Blaustein. Letter to F.G. Banting, December 21, 1922. 

Myra Blaustein, like Ruth Whitehill, had come to Toronto from Baltimore to become one of Banting's private patients. Myra developed diabetes at the age of six and weighed only 58 pounds when she arrived in Toronto. Once she began receiving insulin injections, she also experienced a quick recovery. She returned home at the same time as Ruth Whitehill and continued to improve under the care of Dr. Hamburger.

In her letter to Dr. Banting, Myra wrote:

"The same day you left I gathered some nerve together and gave myself the Insulin and doing it ever since. I have been sugar free for the last five days and getting about 1900 calories consisting of Pro. 60 Fat 163 Ch. 44. I am feeling great and getting Insulin only twice a day ... Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you. I remain, your little friend Myra. P.S. I gained 2 1/2 pounds last week."

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