A chronicle of the life and career of country doctor Douglas George Snider and his efforts to resolve an issue affecting health care in Fairview, Alberta. The first full public account of the events leading up to Snider’s murder in 1999 and the response by the criminal justice system.
An updated edition of this book will soon be available in e-book format from Promontory Press.
Hazel Magnussen’s account of her brother’s life and death deals with many facets of human dynamics. I was impressed with both the detailed information and Magnussen’s insightful observations drawn from her family’s painful experience.
From my experience in professional regulation, I was most struck by the powerful messages this book conveys about disruptive physician behavior. The medical profession has long recognized the risks associated with chemically impaired physicians and has developed effective interventions to mitigate those risks. However, until very recently, we have failed to acknowledge the destructive potential of unchecked physician behavior and have failed to develop effective interventions.
Hazel Magnussen has done the medical profession an enormous service by challenging the profession to critically revisit the history surrounding her brother’s murder by a medical colleague. We are challenged to ask what can and should be done to identify and modify destructive physician behavior at an earlier stage. I would encourage all persons involved in medical management to read this book.
Dr. Dennis A. Kendel, MD
Registrar College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan
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