Frederick Banting's Rabbit Foot
Rabbit foot


Frederick Banting


Rabbit Foot


Insulin Secretion and Extraction


Hyperglycemic Shock



Collected by

Warehouse 13







Date of Collection

April 15, 1997



Frederick Banting (November 14, 1891 – February 21, 1941) received a Nobel in Medicine for the co-discovery of insulin. During his time lecturing at the University of Western Ontario, Banting poured over new research into the role of the pancreas. Physicians knew that little cellular clumps called islets of Langerhans regulated digestion while tests on dogs proved the pancreas filtered sugar levels in the bloodstream, especially the diabetic. How was unknown.

Banting theorized whatever hormone or secretion kept the body at ideal glucose readings would dissolve away too much in diabetic patients. The mystery compound needed to be extracted whole from a living host. Luckily, a surgeon background allowed Banting to isolate the pancreas from the arteries and leave the islets intact for study. Several repeats proved the process worked, even faster if they used fetal calf tissue versus matured dogs for experimentation. The first batches were quite impure and delivered an allergic reaction is some patients, but were refined later on. Banting partnered with pharma maven Eli and Lilly Company for mass production; the University of Toronto received the patent for $1 to prevent any single company from monopolizing the process.


Rubbing allows for regulated control of one’s own blood sugar saturation. Greatly effective at regulating one’s attention, coordination and tiredness. Useful to maintain concentration during long periods of focus or calming down after a hair-raising event. Appears to only alter insulin levels and not glucagon, meaning they can control the drop in energy felt throughout their body but not raise their glucose levels higher than average.

Rapid usage will induce a hypoglycemic response – clumsiness, confusion, fainting spells. Hunger, chills and overall weakness are just as common when pushing the boundaries. Having pre-existing pancreatic problems or diabetic conditions may even cause a blackout coma while their body tries stabilizing their sugar levels.

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