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Christ Church Cathedral414 Sparks St.

On Sickness,
Health and What it
Means to be Alive
with James Maskalyk

"Another beautiful, tender and moving portrait of humanity from one of Canada's finest new, non-fiction writers. Life on the Ground Floor perfectly captures the human spirit in all of its complexities, weaving a powerful narrative that is at once gripping, evocative and tinged with humour.
— Samantha Nutt
James Maskalyk - Photo courtesy of Michael Banasiak

Join us for a celebrated humanitarian doctor's unique perspective on sickness, health and what it is to be alive.

In Life on the Ground Floor , humanitarian doctor and activist James Maskalyk, author of the highly acclaimed Six Months in Sudan, draws upon his experience treating patients in the world's emergency rooms. From Toronto to Addis Ababa, Cambodia to Bolivia, he discovers that although the cultures, resources and medical challenges of each hospital may differ, they are linked indelibly by the ground floor: the location of their emergency rooms. Here, on the ground floor, is where Dr. Maskalyk witnesses the story of "human aliveness"--our mourning and laughter, tragedies and hopes, the frailty of being and the resilience of the human spirit. And it's here too that he is swept into the story, confronting his fears and doubts and questioning what it is to be a doctor. 

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On Sickness, Health and What it Means to be Alive with James Maskalyk

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