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May 1966

The Macphail Touch

Author Affiliations

Calgary Associate Clinic Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Arch Intern Med. 1966;117(5):718-723. doi:10.1001/archinte.1966.03870110110022

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I hope that the name and singular qualities of Sir Andrew Macphail are not forgotten by the younger generation of medical men on this continent. One of McGill University's most illustrious graduates, Macphail had a distinguished career in medicine and was as well an educator, soldier, publicist, and historian. He is one of Canada's outstanding medical men of letters, ranking in this regard with his fellow McGill graduate, Sir William Osier. Macphail was born in Orwell, Prince Edward Island, in 1864 of Scottish stock and graduated from McGill University in Arts in 1888 and in Medicine in 1891. He was pathologist to the Western Hospital and Verdun Hospital in Montreal, and in 1907 joined the medical staff of McGill. He saw service during the War of 1914-1918 and later wrote the official history of the Canadian Medical Services in that War. He had a distinguished and varied literary career, was

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