Medicine And Books

History of the Canadian Medical Association 1954-94

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 01 November 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1169
  1. David Woods, president of Healthcare Media International
  1. Philadelphia, and former editor-in-chief of the Canadian Medical Association Journal

    John S Bennett: Canadian Medical Association, $34, pp 388 ISBN 0 920169 83 X

    “Why did the Canadian cross the road? To get to the middle.”

    Scurrilous allegations of Canada's blandness and Canadians' tentativeness abound; but, having lived there for two decades, and for almost half of that time as an employee of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), I beg to differ. Canada abounds in colour and character and civility—attributes certainly reflected in its national medical association, an organisation as old as the country itself.

    But you wouldn't know it from this book. Author John Bennett starts out by flubbing the flyleaf quote from Rudyard Kipling, and it's pretty much all downhill from …

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