The University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine is North America’s largest medical school and a major health consortium, boasting nine affiliated teaching hospitals and a network of research institutes. It is where insulin was pioneered, stem cells were first discovered, and famous physicians from Vincent Lam to Sheela Basrur began their careers. But despite all its major accomplishments, the faculty’s impressive history has never before been comprehensively documented.
In Partnership for Excellence, senior medical historian and award-winning author Edward Shorter details the Faculty of Medicine’s history from its inception as a small provincial school to its present day status as an international powerhouse. Deeply researched through front-line interviews and primary sources, it ties the story of the faculty and its teaching hospitals to the general history of medicine over this period. Shorter emphasizes the enormous concentration of intellectual energy in the faculty that has allowed it to become the dominant force in Canadian medicine, home to a legion of medical pioneers and achievements.
About the author
Edward Shorter is the Hannah Professor of the History of Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is the author of more than twenty books, including Written in the Flesh: A History of Desire, shortlisted for the 2005 Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction. He is also a two-time winner of the Royal Society of Canada’s Hannah Medal for writing in the history of medicine.
‘This book’s great usefulness is as a reference tool. But there can be no doubt that it is an extremely useful and comprehensive reference book.’
Canadian Historical Review, vol 95:02:2014
Other titles by Edward Shorter
The Heartbeat of Innovation
A History of Cardiac Surgery at the Toronto General Hospital
The Rise and Fall of the Age of Psychopharmacology
The Madness of Fear
A History of Catatonia
How Everyone Became Depressed
The Rise and Fall of the Nervous Breakdown
Solving the Riddle of Melancholia
The Troubled History of Mood Disorders in Psychiatry
A History of Electroconvulsive Treatment in Mental Illness
Written in the Flesh
A History of Desire