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MERIT Rounds: Sibley Lecture with Dr. Jacalyn Duffin

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This special MERIT Rounds is part of the Sibley Awards ceremony.

Stanley's Dream: The Canadian Medical Expedition to Easter Island

Dr. Jacalyn Duffin, Queen's University
MD, PhD, FRCPC, FRSC, FCAH

In 1964-65, Montreal physician Stanley Skoryna led an international expedition of 88 scientists to the mysterious Rapa Nui (Easter Island). Captivated by the island’s romance, they aimed to survey the biosphere, germs, genes, culture and economy of humanity’s most remote community.

Owing to a host of complexities, a final report was never written and the mission has largely been forgotten. Now, through archival discovery, interviews with the surviving expeditionists, and a personal voyage to the Island, Dr. Duffin explores the success and failure of Stanley’s dream in the context of Cold War tensions about pollution, overpopulation, conflict and race.

About Dr. Jacalyn Duffin:

Jacalyn Duffin is a hematologist and historian who held the Hannah Chair of the History of Medicine at Queen’s University from 1988 to 2017.

A former President of both the American Association for the History of Medicine and the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine, she is the author of eight books and many articles, holds several awards for teaching and research, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

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