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SUBJECT: Lecture on the Coming of the Age of Medical Miracles to be held at Memorial University
DATE: Nov. 23, 2005

Note to editors:

Celebrated Canadian historian Michael Blisswill present the 2005 Dr.Nigel Rusted Lectureship in the Humanities on Wednesday, Nov. 30, in the main auditorium of the Health Sciences Centre from noon to 1 p.m. His topic is From Osler to Insulin: The Coming of the Age of Medical Miracles. Free parking is available in Lot 9 off Clinch Avenue and there is no charge for this public lecture. Media are invited to attend.

Dr.Bliss holds one of the 30 University Professorships available to the 2,500 faculty members at the University of Toronto and is also a Fellow of Massey College. He specializes in the history of medicine and the history of Canada. His 12 books (including A Canadian Millionaire, The Discovery of Insulin, Banting, Northern Enterprise, Plague, Right Honourable Men, and William Osler, A Life in Medicine) have received numerous honours, including all the major prizes awarded by the Canadian Historical Association, two City of Toronto Book Awards, two Jason Hannah Medals for medical history from the Royal Society of Canada, the Welch Medal of the American Association for the History of Medicine and the National Business Book Award.

Dr.Bliss was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 1999 and elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1984. The Royal Society awarded him its Tyrrell Medal in 1988 “for outstanding work in the history of Canada.” A companion volume to the Osler biography, Harvey Cushing: A Life in Surgery, was published in September 2005.

The Dr. Nigel Rusted Lectureship in the Humanities was established by Dr. Nigel Rusted. He was born in Salvage, Newfoundland in 1907. He graduated from Memorial College in 1927 and obtained a B.Sc. degree in 1929 and an MD from Dalhousie University in 1933. Dr.Rusted has had a long and varied medical career, retiring in 1987. He received an honorary D.Sc. from Memorial University in 1973. He has a keen interest in medical history and has an extensive collection of material, photographs and manuscripts. He is a loyal supporter of Memorial University, and is responsible for donations leading to the establishment (2002) of the Dr.Nigel Rusted Trust to promote the study of the humanities in health through invited lectureships and scholarly work.

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