Frontiers of Medicine: A History of Medical Education and Research at the University of Alberta

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Foreword

THE PREPARATION of a written history of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Alberta immediately became a high priority when staff, students, and alumni began to plan for the seventy-fifth anniversary of our medical school. 'Living history' is certainly an apt description for history that you can see around you and which involves people known personally to many still alive. Such is the history of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Alberta. In the context of the dynamic development of western Canada and of biomedical science, medical education and health care in the twentieth century, the medical school has moved in one lifetime from a gleam in the eye of Henry Marshall Tory and his small band of colleagues and students in a frontier city, to a beautiful and complex Health Sciences Centre with an international reputation in many fields of patient care, education and research. Is it any wonder that those personally familiar with these developments wished to see them thoroughly documented?

On behalf of the Faculty, I wish to express my appreciation to Dr. Robert Fraser, Dr. Peter Allen, Dr. Tim Cameron, Dr. Louis Francescutti, Dr. Donald Wilson and Dr. Carl Betke (Historic Sites Service, Alberta Culture and Multiculturalism), for conducting this history project in honor of our seventy-fifth anniversary ( 1913-1988). We are particularly grateful to Mrs. Elise Corbet who plunged into the project with enthusiasm and

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