The Adventure of the Cure That Wasn’t

Published June 16, 2014 | No responses yet
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The Remedy: Robert Koch, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Quest to Cure Tuberculosis (2014) Thomas Goetz 320 pages *Originally published in Speaking of Medicine (PLOS). Marzieh Ghiasi and Madhukar Pai from McGill University & McGill International TB Centre, Montreal, review “The Remedy” by Thomas Goetz No image is more iconic of the Victorian age than
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Physician at the Frontier: Development of Public Healthcare in Saskatchewan, Canada from 1915 to 1965

Published September 28, 2013 | No responses yet
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On July 1st, 1962 two-thirds of physicians in the Saskatchewan locked their practices, commencing a strike against the Province’s newly enacted Medical Care Insurance Act. The debate about whether public healthcare would meet the needs of populations extends back into the beginning of the last century. These protests culminated after five decades of changing medical
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The Origins of AIDS (Jacques Pepin)

Published March 30, 2013 | No responses yet
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The Origins of AIDS (2011) Jacques Pepin 306 pages AIDS was first identified in North America in 1981 and its infectious agent human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) was isolated two years later. In the subsequent 30 years, AIDS has become a global pandemic that has led to around 30 million deaths. Pepin’s book tackled the origins
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Drug-resistant Tuberculosis

Published March 25, 2013 | No responses yet
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http://www.mcgilldaily.com/2013/03/drug-resistant-tuberculosis/ Image source: Stop TB Parnetship Drug-resistant Tuberculosis Very much an issue, and it’s spreading like wildfire By Marzieh Ghiasi March 25, 2013 New strains of tuberculosis (TB) threaten efforts to eradicate one of the world’s deadliest diseases. An alarming study published in the March edition of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s
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Ivar Mendez: Closing the distance

Published November 03, 2011 | One response so far
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Closing the distance A neurosurgeon uses technology to reduce disparities in medical care and education in remote areas By Marzieh Ghiasi Published on November 3, 2011 http://www.mcgilldaily.com/2011/11/closing-the-distance/ Image by Afra Saskia Tucker “Two worlds, One spirit,” a collection of photography and sculpture by Ivar Mendez, the chairman of the Brain Repair Centre at Dalhousie University,
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Wilder Penfield and the Rise of Modern Neurosurgery

Published April 28, 2011 | No responses yet
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“Neurologists should push their investigation into the neurologic mechanism associated with consciousness and should inquire closely into the localization of that mechanism without apology… To make such an inquiry is to ask a very old question, as is shown by the following quotation from the Book of Job: Surely there is a vein for the
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Maude Abbott and the Holmes Heart

Published March 18, 2011 | One response so far
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Today is the 142nd birthday of an amazing Canadian researcher and physician– Dr. Maude Abbott. It’s hard to sum up in a few words just how awesome this lady was. Briefly, she was orphaned as a child and was raised by her grandmother. After graduating high school, she joined one of the first groups of
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Wilder Penfield on William Osler

Published January 25, 2011 | No responses yet
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While researching the works of Canadian neurosurgeon Wilder Penfield I found a rather moving tribute by him to William Osler, aptly titled “Hero Worship”. By moving tribute, I mean fangirling over an extraordinary physician, writer, etc. which leads me to wonder if Dr. Penfield were alive, would he want my Sir William Osler: A ‘Stach
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Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal

Published January 20, 2011 | 5 responses so far
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Today I had the chance to visit Musée des Hospitalières de l’Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal located on Avenue des Pins Ouest between Avenue du Parc and Rue Saint-Urbain. I’d passed by the complex many times in the past couple of years since I lived right around the corner, but I’d never actually visited the museum. Hôtel-Dieu
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2010 World AIDS Day

Published December 01, 2010 | One response so far
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Today, Guardian is featuring some bold and moving pictures from across the world commemorating World AIDS Day 2010. Since Larry Elliott wrote his column entitled “Evil triumphs in a sick society” condemning what many viewed at the time draconian drug patent policies by pharmaceutical companies, we’ve seen some improvements in the area. Owing in large
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