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What Disturbs Our Blood: A Son's Quest to Redeem the past


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NOMINEE 2011 – Toronto Book Awards

A rich, unmined piece of Canadian history, an intense psychological drama, a mystery to be solved… and a hardwon escape from a family curse

Like 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 his memory has been all but erased?

A sensitive, withdrawn boy is born into the gothic house of his long dead grandfather, a brilliant yet tormented pathologist of Irish blood and epic accomplishment whose memory has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.

About the Author

JAMES FITZGERALD is a journalist and author whose first book, Old Boys: The Powerful Legacy of Upper Canada College, was a controversial inside look at the attitudes and mores of Canada's ruling class. Revelations of the sexual abuse of boys at the school, first published in the book, led to the charging and conviction of two former teachers and the launching of a class action lawsuit against the college in 2002. The article that sparked What Disturbs Our Blood won a National Magazine Award.

Table of Contents


Part I

1. The Ghosts of Balmoral

2. Room at the Top

3. Daddy Ded

4. Dr. FitzGerald Must Learn to Cover Up His Feelings

5. In Dreams

6. Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

7. I’m My Own Grandpa

8. The Unpardonable Sin

Part II

9. Science Has No Fatherland

10. Crucible of Ambition

11. A Kind of Superman

12. Gospel Certainty of Relapse

13. I Am a Mass of Flesh, and You Are Another

14. Salvation Lies in the Most Concrete Records

15. The Travel Bug

Part III

16. The Miracle in a Stable

17. Born with the Dead

18. The Sugar Sickness

19. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

20. Mens Sana In Corpore Sano

21. The High Priest of Quality Control

22. A Monument More Lasting Than Bronze

Part IV

23. Hell of a Good

24. The Living Lie

25. . . . and the Penalty Is Death

26. Damn Clever, These Spooks!

27. Occam’s Razor

28. The Archaeology of Silence


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A Son's Quest to Redeem the past
Random House of Canada
Fitzgerald, James
General Biography
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