Renowned Historian Tim Cook in Kingston this March to share stories from new book

The Museum of Health Care and the Hannah Chair at Queen’s University are proud to present an evening with Canadian historian and author Tim Cook, as he speaks to his newly released book, Lifesavers and Body Snatchers: Medical Care and the Struggle for Survival in the Great War, providing a powerful introduction to medical care and innovation during the First World War.

Lifesavers and Body Snatchers: Medical Care and the Struggle for Survival in the Great War is a definitive medical history of the Great War, illuminating how the carnage of modern battle gave birth to revolutionary life-saving innovations. It brings to light shocking revelations of the ways the brutality of combat and the necessity of agonizing battlefield decisions led to unimaginable strain for men and women of medicine who fought to save the lives of soldiers.

The talk will take place at Botterell Hall, Queen’s University starting at 5:00pm. A catered meet and greet and book signing will follow at the Museum of Health Care at Kingston. Dr. Cook’s new book will be available for purchase prior to the talk at Queen’s and after the talk at the Museum of Health Care.

Dr. Tim Cook is Chief Historian and Director of Research at the Canadian War Museum. His best-selling books have won multiple awards, including three Ottawa Book prizes for Literary Non-Fiction and two C.P. Stacey Awards for the best book in Canadian military history. In 2008 he won the J.W. Dafoe Prize for At the Sharp End and again in 2018 for Vimy: The Battle and the LegendShock Troops won the 2009 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction. Cook is a frequent commentator in the media, and a member of the Royal Society of Canada and the Order of Canada.

Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Times & Locations:

5:00pm-6:30pm, Botterell Hall, Queen’s University, Room B139
6:30pm-8:00pm, Museum of Health Care, 32 George Street, Kingston


Free. Donations to the Museum of Health Care are welcome.


Contact Rowena McGowan at or call 613-548-2419

Leave a Reply