By E.A. Heaman,Alison Li,Shelley McKellar
A major public highbrow, Michael Bliss has written prolifically for educational and well known audiences and taught on the college of Toronto from 1968 to 2006. between his guides are a finished background of the invention of insulin, and significant biographies of Frederick Banting, William Osler, and Harvey Cushing. The essays during this quantity, each one written by way of former doctoral scholars of Bliss, with a foreword by way of John Fraser and Elizabeth McCallum, do honour to his effect, and, even as, replicate upon the writing of heritage in Canada on the finish of the 20 th century.
The commencing essays talk about Bliss's occupation, his effect at the learn of historical past, and his educational checklist. Bliss himself contributes an autobiographical essay that strengthens our realizing of the company of scholarship, educating, and writing. within the moment part, the members interrogate public mythmaking within the courting among politics and company in eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth-century Canada. additional sections examine the connection among fatherhood, faith, and historiography, in addition to issues in overall healthiness and public coverage. a last part on 'Medical technology and perform' bargains with matters starting from early endocrinology, lobotomy, the mechanical center, and scientific biography as a style. Going past a set of dedicatory essays, this quantity explores the broader topic of writing social and clinical background in Canada within the past due 20th century.
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