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  • I want to know what happened once you got to Montreal!

    Posted by A. Rimbaud on Tue 26 Nov 2013

  • What a great article. I remember the jar of pituitary glands in the hospital mortuary (I was a medical student). They were used to manufacture human growth hormone. A boy I was at school with who was having HGH injections for short stature died of CJD acquired through this process.

    Posted by Simon on Thu 28 Nov 2013

  • Just a wonderful piece of writing. This was a pleasure to read.

    Posted by Mike on Mon 9 Dec 2013

  • How delightful to stumble upon a text made up of of equal parts of intelligence, humour and a fine and gracious literary style which shows that the author has read wide and deep and retained, if one may make adverb of adjective and abbreviate clause into word. We need more of this stuff. - Oh, the Canadian connection: a fine touch, for I am Canadian. One rarely encounters The Canadian Connection anywhere, except in the context of extreme niceness and political perfection, which levels all things out into the bland, the colourless and the completely unremarkable. After all, one mustn't admit of any standard or norm, God forfend.

    Thank you posting this article.

    Posted by Msgr Gale Dourt on Mon 9 Dec 2013

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