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Dr James Maskalyk: Life On The Ground Floor

abstract: Please join Whistler Reads in welcoming Canadian humanitarian, physican and two-book author, Dr. James Maskalyk from Toronto who is here to speak about his latest book, Life on the Ground Floor: Letters From The Edge of Emergency Medicine on October 19th from 6:30-8:30 pm at the beautiful Audain Art Museum. Eventbrite Tickets

Dr. Maskalyk (that's pronounced Mah-ska-lick) divides his time between Saint Michael's Hospital in Toronto where he works as an emerg doc and award-winning teacher in the emergency and trauma unit, contrasted with a life abroad working for Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in places like the Sudan, Kenya, and Myanmar.

His first book Six Months in Sudan: A Young Doctor in a War-torn Village was a gripping account of conditions told from his sensitive and humane perspective. This was where one is not only dealing with the life and death situations of your patients but where ones' own safety is at stake. Described as "piercingly authentic" is was a best-seller.

In Life On The Ground Floor Maskalyk delves further, providing "deeply personal insights into modern-day medical practice with all of its paradoxes, ambiguities, and uncertainties."

Your host will be Whistler Reads program administrator, Leanne Hutchins, who herself has had incredible experiences in Africa working with the Red Cross. This will prove to be a compelling and thought-provoking evening as we compare what it means to provide health care in such contrasting circumstances and still maintain one's clarity and compassion.

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September 27, 2017

About the Audain Museum

Situated in the heart of Whistler village on 4353 Blackcomb Way, the Audain Art Museum contains over 200 Canadian pieces donated by developer and philanthropist Michael Audain and his wife Yoshiko Audain. First nations pieces, both modern and traditional, appear alongside examples of Canada's prominent artists' paintings and sculpture. With Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains in the backdrop, the community has embraced Canada's newest museum with uncommon fervor.

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