Historic Tidbit: Marcel –Eugene-Émile Gley (January 18, 1857-October 24, 1930)
Alan D. Rogol, MD, Ph.D
Eugene Gley studied medicine at Montpellier and Nancy receiving his doctorate in 1881 as an experimental physiologist. He was a prolific scientist in many areas of biology emphasizing “internal secretions”. His work was considered so outstanding that a Chair in General Biology was created for him in Paris.
Although in 1884 and 1890 he had obtained encouraging results in treating diabetic dogs with extracts of pancreas of others whose pancreatic ducts had been previously ligated, he did not publish his data for he had a well-deserved reputation as a careful scientist (CR Soc Biol 1922; 87:1322). The data were put under seal, only to be revealed after the publications of Banting and Best (Trans R Soc Can 1922; 16:18)