Features 2019 (Winter)

Pushing the Boundaries

FIFTY YEARS AGO, when Canada’s first immunology department was founded at the University of Manitoba, immunology was a little-known scientific discipline. It was usually a subsection of departments such as infectious diseases or microbiology.

‘They persisted and they excelled’

THE STORIES OF GENERATIONS of Jewish physicians who have influenced the course of health care, medical research and medical education in Manitoba are chronicled in a new book.

Healing Lives: A Century of Manitoba Jewish Physicians was published in Novmber by the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada. The book is the product of several years of information-gathering and fundraising by a committee from the Jewish community. It includes a foreword by distinguished Jewish Canadian historian Irving Abella.