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A Tale of Two Brains- Cortical localization and neurophysiology in the 19th and 20th century

26 September 2018 | Philippe-Antoine Bilodeau
Others have described the importance of experimental physiology in the development of the brain sciences and the individual discoveries by the founding fathers of modern neurology. This paper instead discusses the birth of neurological sciences in the 19th and 20th century and their epistemological origins.

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Deep Learning: A New Horizon for Personalized Treatment of Depression?

26 June 2018 | David A Benrimoh, Sonia Israel, Robert Fratila, Kelly Perlman
Globally, depression affects over 300 million people at any given time and is the leading cause of disability. While different patients may benefit more from different therapies, there is no principled way for clinicians to predict individual patient responses or side effect profiles.

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Québec’s Emergency Room Overcrowding and Long Wait Times: Don’t Apply “Band-Aids”, Treat the Underlying Disease!

03 November 2017 | Svetlana Puzhko
A report by Québec Health and Welfare commissioner Robert Salois, released on June 2, 2016, stated the obvious: our province has “the worst emergency [department] (ED) wait times in the Western world”.

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Small Town, Big Picture

03 November 2017 | Kevin Gorsky and Tyler Safran
Time moves a bit slower in the countryside. The people are friendly, neighbours look out for one another, and denizens are grateful for the miles that separate them from the high-octane hustle of city life. When a city-slicker tries to integrate into this new world, certain dichotomies quickly become apparent.

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The Role of Nurses in Primary Care Reform: “The Wheel and Hub of Health Care System

03 November 2017 | Nina Mamishi
The McGill Primary Healthcare Symposium in 2016 highlighted the interdisciplinary accord on the challenges that the Québec primary healthcare system has chronically been facing. It was accentuated that all proposed reform models lacked a focus on the role of nurses, reflecting the solitary medical team dominance.

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Poor primary care access in Quebec: Barriers and solutions to access during an acute episode

03 November 2017 | Claire Godard-Sebillotte, Mélanie Le Berre, Nadia Sourial, Isabelle Vedel
One likely cause of Quebec’s poor primary care access is the practice of annual exams among the healthy population. This practice is widespread in North America; in 2009, annual exams were the second leading cause of medical consultation in Canada and in the United States (3)

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Canada Versus the World: The Validity and Usefulness of Ranking Healthcare Systems by Country

03 November 2017 | Gabriel Cartman
Canada is frequently defined by its healthcare system, which can be seen by Canadians as a source of both pride and frustration. Fans and critics of Canadian healthcare often compare our system to those of other countries in order to emphasize the strengths and weaknesses of our model.

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Family Physician Hospitalists: the Good and the Bad

03 November 2017 | Satya Rashi Khare
Hospitalists are physicians whose primary professional focus is the general medical care of hospitalized patients without the responsibility for care post-discharge (1,2). In Canada, the majority of hospitalists are family physicians (3).

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Bill 20: Improvement of Access to Healthcare or Mass Exodus?

03 November 2017 | Jamie DeMore
The current version of Bill 20, formally titled, "An Act to enact the Act to promote access to family medicine and specialized medicine services and to amend various legislative provisions relating to assisted procreation", was passed on November 10, 2015 amidst great controversy.

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A Unique Opportunity for Canadian Science Next to Trump’s USA

01 November 2017 | Matthew Dankner and Ariel Chackowicz
The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States on November 7 2016 triggered a feeling of panic across the scientific community given the newfound uncertainty surrounding the fate of the scientific profession in both the U.S. and abroad.

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FT4 Should Replace TSH in Diagnosing Abnormal Thyroid Function

17 August 2017 | Kristen Yaun, Ashley Kennedy
Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) is produced by the pituitary gland. When the pituitary is functioning properly, it releases more TSH when additional thyroid hormone is needed in the blood, and less when less is needed.