Thursday, September 3, 2009

Too many young lives cut short

Carol Goar


For most of his career, Bert Lauwers was an emergency room doctor in one of Ontario's busiest hospitals. He was the kind of physician anyone would want to encounter at a time of trauma: calm, efficient and conscientious.

But the more bodies he patched up, the more certain he became that the real job of a healer was to prevent needless deaths and injuries. "As an emergency doctor, it was the easiest thing in the world to address medical conditions and make the patient feel better," he said. "But when death is entangled with social factors, it becomes much more complicated."

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