The Kindness of Science

  Sudbury Polio Clinic: Mrs. E. Marr, Physio-therapist, with Dorothy Gifford, 2 1/2 at the Walking Bars in the Polio Clinic , March 1953; Photographer: Chris Lund | Courtesy of National Gallery of Canada

Sudbury Polio Clinic: Mrs. E. Marr, Physio-therapist, with Dorothy Gifford, 2 1/2 at the Walking Bars in the Polio Clinic, March 1953; Photographer: Chris Lund | Courtesy of National Gallery of Canada

This exhibit offers an unique opportunity to meet three masters of medicine whose work and clinical innovations find their roots in being fully at the service of their patients. Each valued their patients, until the very end, precisely because of their existence.

Giancarlo Rastelli (1933–1970) was a pioneer cardiac surgeon who—during his career as clinical investigator and surgeon at the Mayo Clinic cut short by illness—developed a novel surgical procedure that revolutionized the management of children with congenital heart disease.

Dame Cicely Saunders (1918–2005) was an exceptional woman, nurse, social worker, and physician who pioneered novel approaches to treating terminally ill patients and created the first modern hospice in London, England.

Takashi Nagai (1908–1951) was a Japanese physician who spent his days and nights serving patients as an early-days radiologist and contracted leukemia because of overexposure to radiation. Already severely ill, he strenuously attended to the needs of atomic bomb survivors in Nagasaki, and became a prophet of peace and forgiveness for the entire nation.

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