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Jacalyn Duffin | Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

We are proud to announce that Jacalyn Duffin, one of the LitMed Database editors received an excellence honor in health leadership in Canada

Honoring excellence in health leadership in Canada: the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame announces the 2019 inductees

News provided by Canadian Medical Hall of Fame


Oct 11, 2018, 09:00 ET, https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/honouring-excellence-in-health-leadership-in-canada-the-canadian-medical-hall-of-fame-announces-the-2019-inductees-696914311.html

LONDON, ON, Oct. 11, 2018  /CNW/ – Dr. Bryce Taylor, Chair of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF), announced today that the following have been selected for induction into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame:

The late Dr. G. Brock Chisholm, CC CBE MC & Bar ED (Toronto, ON):  A decorated soldier and Canadian Major-General, psychiatrist and world health pioneer instrumental in the creation of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Naranjan S. Dhalla, CM OM PhD FRSC (Winnipeg, MB): Internationally recognized builder of basic cardiovascular science in Canada whose commitment to ensuring the benefits of scientific knowledge are shared worldwide, strengthening the global community.

James A. Dosman, OC SOM MA MD FRCPC FRSC FCAHS (Saskatoon, SK): The ‘father of agricultural medicine’ in Canada devoted to improving and protecting the health of agricultural workers in Canada and the world.

Jacalyn Duffin, MD PhD FRCPC FRSC FCAHS (Kingston, ON): A haematologist and historian, her enduring contributions to medical research and education deepen our understanding of how the humanities inform balanced, effective medical training.

Connie J. Eaves, PhD FRS (Canada), FRS (Edinburgh) (Vancouver, BC): A world authority on stem cells with translational impact on bone marrow transplantation treatments for leukemia and breast cancer.

Rémi Quirion, OC CQ PhD FRSC (Montreal, QC):  Quebec’s first Chief Scientist and one of the world’s most frequently cited neuroscientists recognized for his pivotal role in advancing our knowledge in neuroscience and mental health.

Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Laureates are individuals whose contributions to medicine and the health sciences have led to extraordinary improvements in human health. Their work may be a single meritorious contribution or a lifetime of superior accomplishments. Pioneers in their field, they are role models for Canadians and an inspiration to our youth to pursue careers in the health sciences.

These Canadian and international leaders will be celebrated at a ceremony held in association with McGill University Faculty of Medicine on May 2, 2019 in Montreal, Quebec.

“The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame is proud to welcome these six individuals whose outstanding contributions to health have made Canada, and the world, a better place,” said Dr. Taylor. “Their impact is well documented and they have earned their place alongside our 131 Laureates.

“On behalf of McGill University, our very warm congratulations to this year’s laureates, who are richly deserving of this recognition,” said Dr. David Eidelman, Vice-Principal (Health Affairs) and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at McGill. “As host of the 2019 Induction Ceremony, we are proud and delighted to welcome this year’s honorees and other members of Canada’s medical community to Montréal, Quebec, where we may pay homage to the tremendous impact these six individuals have had on human health.”

ABBREVIATED BIOS BELOW (lengthier versions available from the CMHF). PHOTOS AVAILABLE AT http://cdnmedhall.org/induction-ceremony

The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) celebrates Canadian heroes whose work advances heath in Canada and the world, and fosters future generations of health professionals through the delivery of local and national youth education programs, scholarships and awards. This enduring tribute to our country’s rich medical history is showcased on our virtual hall at www.cdnmedhall.org and in an exhibit hall in downtown London, ON.

Founded in Montreal, Quebec, in 1821, McGill is a leading Canadian post-secondary institution. It has two campuses, 10 faculties, 12 professional schools, 300 programs of study and almost 41,000 students, including more than 9,700 graduate students. McGill attracts students from over 150 countries around the world, its 12,000 international students making up 30% per cent of the student body. Over half of McGill students claim a first language other than English, including approximately 20% of our students who say French is their mother tongue. Find out more at www.mcgill.ca.


Dr. Jacalyn Duffin, Hannah Professor of the History of Medicine at Queen’s University (1988-2017), has made enduring contributions to medical research and education that deepen our historical understanding and cause us to reflect on the origins of present-day health care.  A haematologist and historian, Dr. Duffin has assured that thousands of physicians and nurses appreciate the broader cultural and social contexts of their professions arguing that the humanities, notably history, form part of balanced, effective training.  Dr. Duffin’s research has addressed a wide array of topics, sources, places, and time periods: diagnostic technology, rural practice, drug development, disease concepts, health policy, and religious healing, including an exploration of medical miracles in the Vatican archives. Her classic textbook, History of Medicine: A Scandalously Short Introduction is read by students and lay audiences throughout the world. It presents encapsulated histories of medical specialties, featuring the cultural and social factors involved in their development. Over a long and distinguished career, Dr. Duffin’s passionate devotion to historical understanding as an inseparable element of humane practice inspires students, educators, and members of the general public alike. 

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