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June 5, 1967

Some Canadian Contributions to Medicine

Author Affiliations

From the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

JAMA. 1967;200(10):860-864. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120230112016

In this special issue of The Journal dedicated to Canada's 100 years of confederation, certain special fields are discussed. The remaining areas of interest cannot be encompassed in a single paper by a single author, but in this communication, a broad spectrum of Canadian contributions will be reviewed.

Exports  Canada's position as a world trader has not been achieved by exporting lumber, fish, and minerals alone. For the past century, Canada has been exporting trained men, and the field of medicine has been no exception. In many cases, Canadian physicians found opportunities abroad to develop, in metropolitan centers, ideas which they had generated under relatively frontier conditions. Perhaps out of sheer necessity, Canadians have developed organizational talents through having to cover large fields unaided. Often, no division of labor could be afforded so that Canadians were more likely to be all-embracing generalists than narrow specialists. As individuals, their horizons were