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July 16, 1982

Rogues, Rebels, and Geniuses: The Story of Canadian Medicine

Author Affiliations

McMaster University Hamilton, Ontario

JAMA. 1982;248(3):373. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330030071040

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This book will displease many historians. It is breezy, irreverent, at times ungrammatical, and entirely without the scholarly trappings of footnotes to certify every fact. Nevertheless, Rogues, Rebels, and Geniuses fills a major void: it provides the nonhistorian with a highly readable introduction to some of the rich background of Canadian medicine and its practitioners. The book will be read by thousands who would not devote much time to a scholarly work on the topic, were such a work available. And it is not.

A colorful cast peoples these pages—"Tiger" Dunlop, the heavy-drinking, hard-swearing Scot who helped open for settlement a large part of southern Ontario; John Christian Schultz, the fiery Manitoba physician and politician; James Barry, high-ranking British medical officer who, it is claimed (but by no means proved), was a woman; Alan Dafoe, country practitioner who delivered Mme. Dionne of her quintuplets; Emily Stowe, pioneer female physician in