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What Disturbs Our Blood ☉ [PDF / Epub] ☆ What Disturbs Our Blood By James Fitzgerald ❤ – Buyprobolan50.co.uk A rich unmined piece of Canadian history an intense psychological drama a mystery to be solved and a hardwon escape from a family curseLike his friends Banting and Best Dr John Fitzgerald was a Canadi A rich unmined piece of Canadian history an intense psychological drama a mystery to be solved and a hardwon escape from a family curseLike his friends Banting and Best Dr John Fitzgerald was a Canadian hero He founded Connaught Labs saved untold lives with his vaccines and transformed the idea of public health in Canada and the world What so darkened his reputation that What Disturbs PDF/EPUB ² his memory has been all but erasedA sensitive withdrawn boy is born into the gothic house of his long dead grandfather a brilliant yet tormented pathologist of Irish blood and epic accomplishment whose memory has been mysteriously erased from public consciousness As the boy watches his own father also an eminent doctor plunge into a suicidal psychosis he intuits as the psychiatrists do not some unspeakable secret buried like a tumour deep in the multi generational layers of the family unconscious Growing into manhood he knows in his bones that he must stalk an ancient curse before it stalks him To set himself free he must break the silence and put words to the page His future lies in the past.

  • Hardcover
  • 512 pages
  • What Disturbs Our Blood
  • James Fitzgerald
  • English
  • 23 November 2016
  • 9780679313151

10 thoughts on “What Disturbs Our Blood

  1. Leigh Leigh says:

    I wasn't uite sure what to expect from this book but I absolutely loved it It appeals on so many topics early Toronto history the history of Medicine and the struggle for public health care the Irish immigration experience and the conflict between psychoanalysis and psychiatry The author looks at the lives of his grandfather and father and how it has shaped his life Along the way such people as Duke Ellington and Count Basie Fred Banting and Charles Best and the notorious 999 ueen St West insane asylum play a role Excellent read

  2. Charles Charles says:

    This is a riveting analysis of the suppressed secrets of the author's family going back 4 generations I found it it especially meaningful as I knew some of the characters described in the book notably the author's father DrJack FitzGeraldFitz who was the chief of allergy at TWH when I came to Toronto as an internist allergist and for a couple of years attended the TWH allergy clinic and later the Gage Institute under DrBroder I also got to know DrsStan Epsteinallergist respirologisthis brother Normanallergist ret'd Roman Bladek and Alice Briggsstill an active allergist in her 80'sThe author examines the causes of his father Fitz ending his own life in his late 50's mimicking the suicide of his extremely gifted father Gerry also at that age Gerry had been the extremely capable brilliant empathic and well liked creator of the Connaught Institute which manufactured vaccines antitoxins free for the public and set up the U of Toronto School of Hygiene which became world renowned He was involved with BantingBest Collip McLean in the discovery of production of insulin and managed through these to save hundreds of thousands of lives Though highly dedicated hard working and eminently successful he succumbed to the overload of responsibilities he assumed and neglected his wife who ultimately left him and his children Jackthe author's fatherhis other sondaughterThere is a relentless presentation of how depressionsuicide were rampant in the familysocial set of the Protestant ruling elite most of whom lived in a small area of the cityRosedale Forest Hill StClair Ave Rd went to UCC from age 8 18the subject of an earlier book by the author There is agood deal about treatment of mental illness by the conflicting approaches of the Toronto groupMDs using drugs ECT insulin shock leucotomy lobotomyoften with terrible results vs the Freudian approach of psychanalysis which Freud thought best administered by capable non MDsUltimately James FitzGerald redeems himself after unearthing these suppressed secrets and doesn't feel bound to follow in the self destructive footsteps of his father grandfather

  3. Darrell Reimer Darrell Reimer says:

    James FitzGerald's father was a renowned allergist a man who pioneered research techniues in his professional field until his 50s when an irreversible slide into depression and several failed suicide attempts put an end to his career FitzGerald's grandfather was also a medical man but the writer has no idea just how renowned until he discovers the man suffered a similar collapse in his 50s Hoping to get some answers and possibly escape what now seems like a preordained fate the writer uncovers a profound familial history of zeal ambition and remarkable global achievement and recognition which seemingly evaporated at the time of deathAlthough at times I felt as if the writer was perhaps too close to the story recounting dreams and digressing into Freudian theory a little too freuently for my liking it is undeniably his story to tell He tells it well rarely was my patience tested to the point of speed reading For his contributions to our understanding of immunology Gerry FitzGerald should be recalled as readily as his colleagues Banting Best And although Western medicine has evolved a great deal from those terrible days of isolating and pointedly torturing mental health patients techniues described in excruciating detail by the writer there is still a great deal of progress to be made in the fieldSo long as the reader is prepared to indulge the writer his fervor for the psychotherapy that has enabled him to survive and thrive into his 60s I have no trouble giving this book a high recommendation

  4. Owen Owen says:

    I really wanted to like this book as the author has spoken recently in our neighbourhood and seems to be a nice and smart guy The work is obviously cathartic to him as he tried to exorcise his family demons through it The book could have been a good family history overview of mental health treatment in the 20th century look at medical heroes in the Toronto area or collection of the author's dreams The problem is that it tries to be all of these things and therefore lacks focus The author also overplays his descriptive hand in many places referring to Toronto streetcars as being blood red amongst other hyperbole He tries too hard to do too much and the book suffers for it It reads like a first or second draft rather than a completed work Maybe he was too close to the material to properly deal with paring it down and we should blame his editor Whatever the reason the result is a rambling and unfocused work with too many instances of distracting use of language Many of the stories and images have stuck with me but not enough to recommend this book to others

  5. Shazmah Shazmah says:

    What an interesting look into the history of public health and mental health in Canada specifically Toronto As a health care professional I found this book particularly captivating I had no idea about the strides Canada specifically Dr Gerald Fitzgerald and his colleagues have made in making vaccines accessible to all Canadians including the disenfranchised the poor The author does a great job in painting a picture of Canada's health care system in the first half of the 20th century including the on going battle between psychiatry and medicine I was actually surprised to read about the inhumane treatment the mentally ill received during this time However I feel nothing has changed since then as these individuals continue to be stigmatized Reading about the history of mental health illness in a family across generations confirms the perplexity of this diagnosis and the effect it has on families It remains a taboo and the least talked about topic at the dinner table

  6. Karen Boothroyd Karen Boothroyd says:

    Well this was a tad tedious However I enjoyed the historical perspective and am wondering why the Fitzgerald family has not received credit for their contributions to health care in Canada I actually could not finish this book I read what I did read because it was a Book Club read but many times I just wanted to throw it down in frustration Sorry James but I thought you were a little over dramatic and a little on the whiney side

  7. Emmkay Emmkay says:

    By about page 125 this was just starting to feel unnecessarily long and wordy The psychoanalytic angle was also too heavy handed for me

  8. Steffy Steffy says:

    This book was fascinating I give it only a 4 star because it was not a page turner and felt uite slow in the middle But I give it 4 stars because the last 100 pages these were both fascinating and gripping I would recommend that everyone read that last section of this book it shows the downward spiral of a man who demanded from himself the impossible and could not see the vortex in which he trapped himself And it shows how everyone around him and society at the time helped him descend instead of giving him something to hold on to It was entirely understandable and horrifying and heartbreakingOverall it deals with the medical revolutions of the early 1900s and the men in Toronto who made Canada a glorious beacon of public health And it deals with the unfortunate treatment of mental health the desperate desire to find the pathogen of mental illness to cut open to drug to fix by physical means opposed only by the warring and losing camp of those who followed the romantic and mystic notions of psychic talk therapy The lack of compassion the fear of catching the disease the fear of discovering that one is also defective in the genes crushes almost everyone surrounding the author's family It is excellent food for thought on our modern approach to physical and mental health

  9. Mary Mary says:

    Incredible research great historical glimpse into white privileged lives in Toronto 1900’s deep dive into early scientific research into virus bacteria and insulin discovery Lots of details on early “scientific “ treatment of mental illness Interesting hypothesis on the curse of the Irish depressive gene Anecdotal information on pressure of the white male in conservative Toronto Highly recommend as background to any uestions about the society that was Rosedale UCC Bishop Strachan and all the icons that were once “Toronto the Good” Written by author who’s family he puts under the microscope

  10. Kristen Kristen says:

    While the topic was interesting I felt the book could have used another round of thorough editing I had a hard time keeping all of the names straight as the author basically mentioned every person his grandfather or father ran into in their lifetimes By the end of the book I could barely remember the point of the book there was just too much information to digest

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