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"Who Killed the Queen?" Reviews

March 10, 2009.
Reviewed by Dr. T. Meagher
Associate Executive Director, Medical Affairs
McGill University Health Centre

[Excerpt] "As Holly Dressel points out in this probing, investigative narrative, the Government's reasons for closure seemed tenuous. The cited performance shortfalls seemed minor and quite remediable. A little patience and clever restructuring would have fixed them."

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November 4, 2008.
Address to the Queen E Alumni at their Annual Gathering, November 4th, 2008 Montreal
The Enduring Value of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital of Montreal
Peter Nixon, Potential Limited

[Excerpt] "Holly Dressel accepted a daunting task when she agreed to write the story of the Queen E. It took her more than 400 pages to capture the essence of the people and the institution that we love and remember tonight now some 13 years after she died. While the book title Who Killed the Queen reflects on why anyone in their right mind would close an internationally recognised institution of the stature of the Queen E, I prefer tonight to reflect on what most of Holly's book describes which is What Made the Queen E Live? All of you here tonight made the Queen E live and you continue to do so. So does this remarkable book."

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November 1, 2008.
Literary Review of Canada (Vol. 16, No. 9 - November 2008)
Eliminating the Caboose
Technological advances need to override nostalgia and ideology in our healthcare system.
Michael B. Decter

[Excerpt] "Here is where I agree with Holly Dressel- and these are important agreements. We know too little about the type of teamwork that promotes caring. We need to understand her "teeny bits of excellence" better: bigger in hospitals is not always better. Her chapter on "Social Pathologies" contains a powerful analysis of the tidal wave of drug marketing that affects both patient and provider. And I also admire her energy and hard work in researching and writing a lengthy, well-constructed work."

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September 23, 2008.
Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ)
Who killed the Queen? A public health murder mystery
Isabelle LeBlanc MD, McGill University Family Medicine

[Excerpt] "The strength of this book is its use of a concrete, precise, well-researched case to exemplify how bad decisions are made and how we still suffer from them - such as the 20% cut in hospital beds and its present day implication, which is clear to anyone who has been to a Montréal emergency department recently."

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May 17, 2008.
The Montreal Gazette
The life and death of a hospital, History of Queen E offers lessons for policy-makers
Aaron Derfel, Montreal Gazette reporter

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"The book is filled with fascinating historical tidbits, ranging from an account of the hospital's innovations in anesthesiology that revolutionized surgery after the Second World War to descriptions of nurses serving wine in crystal goblets to wealthy patients willing to pay in the early 1900s."
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