Campus: Waterloo
Office: HH 154

Research Topics:

Canadian federal and provincial health policy, 1900 to the present; public health and preventive medicine, 1860 to the present; epidemics and disease control in Canada and abroad.

Present Research Interests:

Health care remains one of Canadians’ preeminent concerns and this has prompted the development of two lines of research: an analysis of the activities of federal civil servants as they attempt to respond to political imperatives to restructure the curative system and an interest in crisis moments such as the Walkerton e. coli outbreak and the SARS epidemic in 2003 which reveal the challenges which face the curative and preventive systems when they must work together. Canada’s experience with the creation of a universal, single-payer curative system and its response to periodic crises have many lessons to offer policy makers, politicians and the public here and in the international milieu.

Representative Publications:

  • “Reinventing Public Health: A New Perspective on the Health of Canadians and its International Impact,” Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, in press, D01 10.1136/jech2006.046912. Accepted 4 April 2007.
  • “Be Wise-Immunize: Vaccination in Canada, 1798-1978,” Canadian Pharmacists Journal Collaborative Care Supplement, May/June 2007, vol 40 (suppl. 2): S5-7.
  • “Toronto’s Health Department in Action: Influenza in 1918 and SARS in 2003,” Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, 2007; 62 (1): 56-89. Formerly cited as D01:10.1093/jhmas/jrl042.
  • “From Cholera to SARS: Communicable Disease Control Procedures in Toronto, 1832-2003.” In: Jacalyn Duffin and Arthur Sweetman, editors, SARS in Context: Memory, History, Policy (Montreal and Kingston: The School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University and McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2006), 79-104.
  • “The Flu Pandemic: Science, Society and Disease Control in Montreal,” Immunology Montreal Symposium, Vaccines, Bird Flu and the Media at