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Behind Insulin: The Life and Legacy of Doctor Peter Joseph Moloney

web Front Cover Moloney finalBehind Insulin is the first published biography based on the memoirs of Dr. Moloney. 

A well-researched and precious document of Canada's pre-eminent biochemist, it traces his interactions with leading medical men of the 20th century. Encounter him at his Ontario frontier town roots, and follow his path to academic excellence at the University of Toronto. Relive his visits to Europe through his own eyes, and begin to appreciate this great figure, not yet widely know to Canadians.

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Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa 1971

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On October 26, 1971, honorary degrees were conferred on seven medical scientists whose research had been concerned with insulin or related subjects. including three from University of Toronto, one of whom was Dr. Peter Moloney. University of Toronto Chancellor Pauline McGibbon and Dr. Charles H. Best stand next to him. Details surrounding this event follow, including an excellent concise summary of Dr. Moloney's significant works, and the presentation address given for Dr. Moloney that evening.


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Munich 1935

Girl with Early InsulinPeter Moloney wrote home several times during his stays in Europe. He spent the summer of 1935 in Munich, and although writing any political details would have been very dangerous, this selection of his letters give the most excellent details of Peter's character: observant, conscientious husband and father. 


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contox 1977 cropTwo articles presented here from CONTOX, a publication of Connaught Laboratories, offer a moving tribute to Canadian scientist Dr. Peter Moloney. One is written by lifelong friend Dr. Anthony Tosoni, whose post graduate studies produced crystallized penicillin under Dr. Moloney's guidance.




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Hospital Lab

 Dr. Moloney was on the Advisory Board of St. Michael's Hospital for many years. Recollections of Michael O'Sullivan, Director of the S.M.H. Biochemistry Department 1941-1973 show how Dr. Moloney was the key figure in updating the laboratory from its unsatisfactory condition to a modern facility, which was a major factor leading to its prominence as a world class health facility.

Photo/Document credits courtesy of St. Michael Archives

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Gaston Ramon

 Gaston Ramon, who became a close friend of Dr. Moloney, discovered the vaccine for diphtheria at the Pasteur Institute in Paris in 1922. An authoritative biography of Ramon follows, in french. Three letters appear first from Dr. Moloney to Ramon, which show the extent of their collaboration and friendship.

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Copyright: Family Trust of Dr. Peter Moloney 2013. All rights reserved.

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