McMaster University

McMaster University

Faculty of
Health Sciences

Professor emeriti publish new books

Published: October 15, 2012
Norman Jones
Norman Jones
Barber Mueller
Barber Mueller
Patangi (Chari) Rangachari
Patangi Rangachari

A prestigious literary lineup is underway over the next few weeks as three professors emeriti at McMaster University launch their new books beginning tomorrow.

Norman Jones, the first head of McMaster’s Division of Respirology, will introduce his new book, The Ins and Outs of Breathing, at the Health Sciences Library on Tuesday, Oct. 16 from noon to 2 p.m.

The book is the result of the author’s 50-year odyssey to understand the science of breathing. Jones, a professor emeritus of medicine, explores respirology within the framework of exciting physical adventures, such as expeditions to Mount Everest where climbers must contend with low levels of oxygen to Roger Bannister’s first four-minute mile run.

On Thursday, Nov. 1, Barber Mueller, a founder of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, its first chair of surgery and a professor emeritus of surgery, will host a book signing of his new book, Excalibur: The Sword of Science That Reshaped the World, in the University Club’s Great Hall. The book signing takes place from 3 to 5 p.m.

The book is an overview of ideas generated during the age of science. As a scholar, thinker, surgeon and nonagenarian, Mueller explores the development of science as a cultural phenomenon that began in a climate of opposition and now dominates many features of our daily lives.

A book launch will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 6 for Students Matter: The Rewards of University Teaching by Patangi (Chari) Rangachari, who has been involved in all aspects of McMaster’s undergraduate medical program. The professor emeritus of medicine co-authored the book with J. Kevin Dorsey, rheumatologist and dean and provost of the Southern Illinois School of Medicine, who has a particular interest in physician empathy and studying clinical reasoning skills of medical students. The book launch takes place in the Centre for Leadership and Learning on the fifth floor of the Mills Library from 1 to 2 p.m.

In this book, 15 renowned biomedical scientists/educators from Canada, Portugal, South Africa, Taiwan and the United States share their journey that led them to teaching at the university level. A reviewer has said that all educators can learn from this book in which insightful observations weave common threads of discovery, such as dealing with problem-based learning, standardized patients and “hidden agendas” in curriculum.

The book launch will be followed on Thursday, Nov. 8 with a lecture by professor C. B. Brink. A professor of pharmacology at North-West University, South Africa. The lecture is from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in room MDCL-3020 of the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery. Brink is the recipient of the 2012 Howard Barrows Award, established by McMaster University in recognition of the former McMaster professor’s significant contributions to the education of health professionals.

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