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Historical Fiction, Canadian History, Twentieth Century Medicine, Biographical Fiction, Alberta Medical Association, Canadian Medical Association, Medical History

Medical Man
by Helen Webster

Called out by a frightened country doctor in the dark night of a prairie winter in 1919 to assist with an emergency appendectomy, Dr. Robert Ross travels to an isolated farmhouse where he finds himself entangled in a tragedy. He is immediately caught up in an ethical dilemma where all of his life experiences, values and skills as a physician and surgeon are put to the test. Is he about to become an unwilling accomplice to medical manslaughter? What can he do to prevent the horror that is sure to ensue when another doctor’s incompetence is matched with stubborn pride?

Robert was born in northern Quebec in 1871, the son and grandson of Hudson’s Bay Company traders. He grew up in the wilds of Quebec and northern Ontario, becoming an HBC trader himself by the age of seventeen. His survival skills and belief in himself were honed in these years, and he had truly established himself as a lord of the wilderness by the turn of the century. Medical Man begins in 1900 when Robert leaves the HBC to marry and to attend medical school at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. The central theme of this story is Robert's five decade long medical career during a century of remarkable discoveries in medicine that spans an era of powerful events and change in Canadian and World history.

"These stories are fascinating. The medical facts are correct for the times stories to read. A lot has changed in fewer than one hundred years. This volume is an opportunity to reflect on earlier times... I always learn from history, and this is good history." - Dr. Gerrard A. Vaughan

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Helen Webster is a fifth generation Canadian and the granddaughter of Dr. Robert Ross, the real life medical man in this story. Growing up, Helen was enthralled with the stories her grandfather told. This ‘larger than life’ man ignited in her a passion for writing, for research, and for Canadian history. She felt certain that someday she would recount his story for all to read. She knew her grandparents well and had access to original source materials including her grandmother Jennie’s letters, as well as Robert’s letters, his stories, his journals, and his medical case studies, which all provided a richly detailed narrative of the times.


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