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August 31, 1940

Sir Thomas Roddick: His Work in Medicine and Public Life

JAMA. 1940;115(9):802-803. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810350146035

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The mention of the name Roddick, especially in medical circles in Canada, immediately brings to mind one event documented in the annals of Canadian statutes as the Roddick bill, an act of Parliament which provided for the Medical Council of Canada. One would have to understand a good deal about the Canadian constitution with its British North America act and provincial autonomy to appreciate the full significance of Dr. Roddick's achievement, because it was an achievement, largely of one man, to persuade the authorities to carry this act into effect; and Dr. Roddick will always be remembered north of the forty-ninth parallel of latitude for this accomplishment. Dr. MacDermot in this little volume tells the story simply but fascinatingly. He also gives a glance at Roddick the man, Roddick the student, with his quaint sense of humor. We are then introduced to Roddick the professional man of keen insight and

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