The December/January issue of Canada’s History has an article by Christopher Moore on the latest in the Canadian history of medicine. For “Healing words,” Moore interviewed four of Canada’s top medical historians to find out how the field has changed since the 1960s:
Jacalyn Duffin is the Hannah Chair of the History of Medicine at Queen's University and the author of the History of Medicine: A Scandalously Short Introduction, now in its second edition. (You can find out who the Hannah Chair is named for, and why, in Moore’s article.)
Edward Shorter is the Hannah Professor of the History of Medicine at the University of Toronto. University of Toronto Press is proud to have published his book Partnership for Excellence: Medicine at the University of Toronto and Academic Hospitals earlier this year.
Wendy Mitchinson just released her new book, Body Failure: Medical Views of Women, 1900–1950 in September, her third with UTP.
Michael Bliss may be best known, as Christopher Moore says, for his The Discovery of Insulin. But that’s only one of his many books of medical and social history, including biographies of Frederick Banting, William Osler, and Harvey Cushing.
In the article, Moore says that Canadian medical history is continuing to expand, as “new ideas and new books arrive constantly, from med schools, history departments, and far beyond.” I asked Len Husband, acquiring editor for the history of medicine at UTP, what it was that had garnered these historians such attention. He told me that “not only are these historians exceptional at what they do, they are able to do it in an accessible manner: no mean feat when dealing with medicine. And they all illustrate the number of diverse approaches to medical history which seems to me evidence of a vibrant, growing, and frankly exciting field.”
The article in Canada’s History isn’t online, but you can find some online bonus content at the magazine’s website here.