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Marilyn Dunlop

Toronto, Dundurn Press, 1989. 108pp, cloth, $17.95
ISBN 1-55002-052-8. (Canadian Medical Lives #2). CIP

Grades 10 and up/Ages 15 and up
Reviewed by Ruth Bainbridge.

Volume 18 Number 1
1990 January

Doctor Mustard was born and raised in southern Ontario and graduated from the University of Toronto School of Medicine in 1937 at the young age of twenty-two. He spent most of his career performing surgery at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children, specializing first in orthopaedic and then in cardiac surgery. Two surgical procedures were named after him: the Mustard Proce­dure involves the transfer of muscles in polio victims to enable them to walk again, and the Mustard Operation involves reconstructive surgery on the malformed hearts of "blue babies." His involvement with these two facets of surgery provides an interesting histori­cal perspective on polio and rheumatic fever.

The reader is also provided with some insight into the evolution of surgery as better techniques and equipment became available. The book focuses mainly on Mustard's profes­sional life with only occasional brief glimpses of his family life.

Seventeen pages of black-and-white photographs are included. The author, a medical reporter for the Toronto Star, had access to Mustard's own accounts of his life, and she held interviews with his daughters and several of his colleagues. An index as well as an appendix, which lists Mustard's numerous publications, is included.

Bill Mustard, Surgical Pioneer provides an interesting account of the contribu­tion of a Canadian doctor to the world of medicine and would serve as a valid resource for students intent on expand­ing their knowledge in this field.

Ruth Bainbridge, Humber College, Rexdale, Ont.
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