Building our health organizations and systems Health & Humanities

Many Laureates have been expressly concerned with the human side of medicine and health care. The arts and humanities deepen our understanding of the body, health, medicine, illness, suffering, disability and the provision of health care.

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  1. 1906

    Along with James Carroll and James McCallum, Dr. Maude Abbott founded the International Association of Medicine Museums in Washington, DC

  2. 1910

  3. 1914 - 1918

    During WWI, Maude Abbott worked tirelessly to prepare and catalogue teaching specimens for the Canadian Medical War Museum (CMWM)

  4. May 2, 1915

    Dr. John McCrae wrote “In Flanders Fields”, following the death of Lt. Alexis Helmer from Ottawa

  5. 1920

  6. 1930

  7. 1940

  8. 1950

  9. 1960

  10. 1964

    William Feindel wrote extensively on topics of medical history

  11. 1970

  12. 1980

  13. 1982

    Almost sixty years after Frederick Banting and John Macleod won the Nobel Prize, "The Discovery of Insulin" by Michael Bliss was first published

  14. 1983

    Retires from military and joins the Department of Civil Aviation Medicine as senior consultant and acting Director

  15. 1990

  16. 1991

    As a public intellectual, Dr. Bliss played an important role in the development of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research

  17. 1999

    The first edition of Dr. Jacalyn Duffin's publication, History of Medicine: A Scandalously Short Introduction, is published.

  18. 2000

  19. 2003

    Elaine Carty began work on integrating the humanities, specifically art and poetry, throughout the midwifery curriculum

  20. 2006

    In 2006, the Dr. Richard B. Goldbloom Research and Clinical Care Pavilion at the IWK Health Centre was named in his honour

  21. 2010

  22. 2018

    Queen’s medical students launch the Jacalyn Duffin Health and Humanities Conference

  23. 2020

About the CMHF

The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) celebrates Canadian heroes whose work advances health in Canada and the world, fostering future generations of health professionals through the delivery of local and national youth education programs and awards.

This enduring tribute to our country’s rich medical history is showcased here and in our physical exhibit hall in London, ON.