BOOK TELLS HOW SLAIN DOCTOR LIVED
Eager to learn more about the mysterious death of Fairview physician Dr. Douglas G. Snider in May 1999, Albertans have been keen to read the story behind media reports. Hazel J. Magnussen, Snider’s younger sister, has researched and documented the history of events leading up to the crime and the subsequent criminal justice proceedings in her book, A Doctor’s Calling; A matter of conscience. But the book is much more than a true crime story. It is also a eulogy to Snider’s life. A recent review by Dr. Michael F. Myers and published in the latest issueof BC Medical Review points out:
Magnussen writes well and engages the reader from start to finish….She honors her brother by giving us much biographical detail of how he lived not just how he died. This is important because too often individuals who suffer a violent death are eclipsed (and inadvertently diminished by how they die.
An affable, conscientious and well-respected Fairview doctor in the Alberta Peace country for nearly 30 years, Snider had a strong sense of calling to medicine. Driven by his concern for medical care in his community, Snider longed for resolution of a lawsuit that was affecting physician recruitment. When he received an invitation to a meeting with the physician who was suing him and another two physicians, Snider responded without hesitation. It cost him his life.