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Book Launch: Garcia's Heart by Liam Durcan

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Published: 27 Apr 2007

Novelist and MNI neurologist Liam Durcan has burst onto the literary scene with his thought-provoking debut novel, Garcia's Heart.

Novelist and MNI neurologist Liam Durcan has burst onto the literary scene with his thought-provoking debut novel, Garcia's Heart. This exciting and highly intelligent novel is making waves with enthusiastic reviews all across Canada.

Garcia's Heart questions whether the true spirit of a man is the result of who he strives to be or what his actions apparently prove he is. Hernan Garcia is a physician being tried in The Hague for crimes against humanity. Present during the torture of political prisoners in his native Honduras, Garcia's job was to revive prisoners when torture left them unconscious, allowing them to be tortured more. Liam Durcan deals with difficult medical and moral issues in Garcia's Heart, which also focuses on how the brain works when making choices and decisions.

Garcia's Heart is a timely debate, defining good and evil in once inconceivable and new ways. The ripple effect of Garcia's Heart is being felt in the numerous debates and discussions spurred by this intellectually compelling and haunting novel.

Liam Durcan is Assistant Professor at McGill University and a Neurologist at the Montreal Neurological Hospital (MUHC), in addition to which he conducts a broad spectrum of clinical research. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and holds a Certificat de Spécialiste de la Province du Québec. He has received the Neurology Training Committee Teaching Award on more than one occasion. Adding to his many accolades are the Quebec Association of Neurologists Award and the Penfield-McNaughton Award.

What: Book launch of Garcia's Heart by Liam Durcan, includes a wine and cheese reception and book signing
When: April 28 2007
Time: 1:30 pm
Where: Hotel Delta Centre-Ville, as part of the Blue Metropolis festival
Who: With Liam Durcan and hosted by André Picard, Ruta Liormonas and MNI Director David R. Colman
Cost: Free
Sponsored by: McClelland & Stewart

The Montreal Neurological Institute is a McGill University research and teaching institute, dedicated to the study of the nervous system and neurological diseases. Founded in 1934 by the renowned Dr. Wilder Penfield, the MNI is one of the world's largest institutes of its kind. MNI researchers are world leaders in cellular and molecular neuroscience, brain imaging, cognitive neuroscience and the study and treatment of epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and neuromuscular disorders. The MNI, with its clinical partner, the Montreal Neurological Hospital (MNH), part of the McGill University Health Centre, continues to integrate research, patient care and training, and is recognized as one of the premier neuroscience centres in the world.

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