Dr. Frederick Tisdall, 1893-1945 Dr. Theodore Drake, 1891-1959
Drake right, and Tisdall left, were both professors of paediatrics, doing research at the Hospital for Sick Children in the area of nutrition deficiencies. In 1930 their work culminated in the creating of the infant cereal Pablum. Tisdall struck a deal with the Mead Johnson Company in Chicago. In return for permission to manufacture Pablum, the Hospital would receive a royalty on every box sold. Consequently Pablum largely financed much hospital research.
This early box of Pablum contained wording on the label that clearly indicates the role of the University of Toronto in its discovery. In addition to this important work, Tisdall and Drake went on to make other important contributions. In 1924 they worked with the National Dairy Council to demonstrate the value of enriching milk with vitamin D. This additive helped reduce the incidence of the crippling disease, rickets.