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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/17629

Title: The career of Gordon Murray: patterns of change in mid-twentieth century medicine in Canada
Authors: McKellar, Shelley P
Keywords: Gordon Murray
Charles Best
vascular surgery
cardiac surgery
spinal cord injury
cancer immunology
Issue Date: 1999
Publisher: University of Toronto
Citation: McKellar S. The career of Gordon Murray: patterns of change in mid-twentieth century medicine in Canada. PhD dissertation, University of Toronto (Canada) 1999
Abstract: Murray was a talented surgeon with a fertile, creative and restless mind, who thought broadly and confidently about tackling complex medical problems. His diverse and impressive list of contributions reflects this range of interests. He investigated the clinical application of heparin, expanded the possibilities of vascular surgery, performed the first congenital heart or "blue baby" operations in Canada, pioneered heart valve and renal transplant procedures, and built the first North American artificial kidney machine. Later in his career, he pursued research on cancer sera and vaccines as well as spinal cord regeneration, controversial work that ultimately damaged his reputation. His boldness and innovation contributed to both his success and downfall as a surgeon and investigator. Confident and ambitious, Murray spent a lifetime searching for answers to some of medicine's greatest challenges during a period of tremendous surgical advances and research changes that eventually overcame him.
Description: Also by Shelley McKellar "Surgical Limits: the life of Gordon Murray" University of Toronto Press 2003 www.utppublishing.com/pubstore/merchant.ihtml?pid=7893&step=4
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/17629
ISBN: 9780612412408
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