Warning…potential spoilers ahead. Read at your own risk and don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Downton Abbey airs each week right when we are putting the kids to bed. Since we don’t have cable I either have to half watch it or wait to watch it on PBS’ website the next day.
As I watched Downton Abbey this week (Season 5 Episode 2) I kept getting interrupted by the kids who seemed to think they were entitled to their nightly bedtime story and snuggle. In all seriousness, my husband put them both to bed, but each kid kept having questions for me or just one more thing they needed to tell me.
So there was a sort of random, short conversation between Isobel Crawley and Doctor Clarkson. There may have been more to it than I actually saw, but basically they said that insulin was a new treatment for diabetes. And that was that. The next scene began.
So we can certainly speculate that they’ve planted the seed and there will be a plot line this season in which someone will be diagnosed with diabetes. Or maybe it was just a random medical conversation.
Potential spoiler in the next paragraph…just warning you again…
If you want to know some of the backstory of why there might be a character with diabetes, you can read “Character with type 1 diabetes to feature in Downton Abbey?” and “The sugarplum fairy godmother: How one woman was called to charitable action.”* But don’t read them if you don’t want to know because there might just be some hints.
If there is a diabetes plot line, I will be very interested to see it treated with historical accuracy. After all, at that time insulin was still very, very new.
If you want to know more about the discovery of insulin and the first few patients, I highly recommend the book Breakthrough: Elizabeth Hughes, the Discovery of Insulin, and the Making of a Medical Miracle.
And if you have seen the entire season (I think it’s shown in England before we see it in the states), PLEASE don’t spoil it for us.
*Thanks to readers Lisa and Carolyn for links to the articles.