Canadian Medical Lives
Series edited by T.P. Morley, M.D.
Duncan Graham: Medical Reformer and Educator
By: Robert B. Kerr M.D. and Douglas Waugh M.D.
Published: Dundurn Press (1989)
In 1919 the University of Toronto appointed a dour young pathologist, Great War veteran and prolific scholar to its chair of medicine. During the next 28 years, Dr. Duncan Graham was to convert what had been a sound, but less than spectacular department into a training ground for medical scientists that was to profoundly influence medical education throughout English-speaking Canada. Ruthlessly ridding the department of those he judged unsuited to the implementation of his policies; re-organizing patient care and teaching in the medical wards of Toronto General Hospital with a logical efficiency that had not existed before; and challenging his students for their capacity for deductive reasoning, Graham changed Canadian medicine with a patience that seemed at times to border on indifference, even when a committee of the Ontario Legislature tried to block and reverse the changes he had introduced.
Duncan Graham: Medical Reformer and Educator records the life of this remarkable individual who, by the force of his personality, his integrity, and the cold logic of his thinking, transformed Canadian medical education.
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