Osler Lectureship

42nd Annual Osler Lectureship

Wednesday November 6th 2019 @ 6:00 PM

McIntyre Medical Building, Charles F. Martin Amphitheatre, Room 504, 3655 promenade Sir William Osler


Dr. Jacalyn Duffin

Professor Emerita, Hannah Chair of the HIstory of Medicine, Queen's University

Hematologist and historian, Professor Emerita Jacalyn Duffin held the Hannah Chair at Queen’s University from 1988 to 2017. A former president of both the American and Canadian scholarly societies for history of medicine, she has authored nine books and many articles, and holds awards for teaching, research, and service. Her research focuses on disease, technology, religion, and health policy. She runs an activist website for the drug shortage problem: http://www.canadadrugshortage.com. Her forthcoming book examines the Canadian Medical Expedition to Easter Island (1964-65). Fellow of both the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, she received two new honours in May 2019: the Genevieve Miller Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Association for the History of Medicine and induction into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.

McGill Medicine on Easter Island: the Forgotten Expedition

In 1964, Dr. Stanley Skoryna of McGill led an international expedition to Easter Island, the most isolated community in the world. The team sought to document the island's unique biosphere & the health of its inhabitants before both would be irrevocably changed by the advent of an airport and exposure to the outside world. Based on years of exhaustive research, this talk explores what happened, what went wrong, and the unintended consequences of Stanley's dream.

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Previous Osler Lectures

The 41st Annual Osler Lectureship: Mark A Ware: 100 years of cannabis: a journey from William Osler to the modern era. Watch the lecture here

The 40th Annual Osler Lectureship: Susan Reverby, PhD: Infamous Medical Research: Bad Guys, Duped Victims, or Something Else? Watch the lecture here

The 39th Annual Osler Lectureship: Julio Montaner: Treatment as Prevention (TasP): From a research hypothesis to a new global target and beyond. Watch the lecture here

The 38th Annual Osler Lectureship: E. Fuller Torrey, M.D. "The Strangest Disease: The Peculiar Past but Hopeful Future of Schizophrenia" Watch the lecture here

The 37th Annual Osler Lectureship: Margaret Lock. "The Alzheimer Enigma in an Aging World." Watch the lecture here


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