Memoir of a Living Disease

Memoir of a Living Disease

Maurice Mierau


The Story of Earl Hershfield and Tuberculosis in Manitoba and Beyond

MEMOIR OF A LIVING DISEASE shows how the disease affects various communities in Manitoba, including First Nations communities in the north and immigrant groups in Winnipeg.

The book also highlights the career of Dr. Earl Hershfield, who was the director of Tuberculosis Control in Manitoba for the last 40 years. Hershfield is an internationally recognized expert on tuberculosis who has worked all over the world to eradicate this persistent disease.

  • WINNER of the Margaret McWilliams Award for Manitoba History

“TB is still the world’s most insidious and hidden killer. Mierau gives us a highly readable overview of the disease and Canada’s struggle with it. Written with concern and insight, but also with ironic good humour that understands human foibles, this book is an enlightening pleasure to read.” —Rudy Wiebe

“Memoir of a Living Disease sends a message of hope, and should be required reading for all, particularly decision-makers in government, and those who work with First Nations.” —Phil Fontaine

“…(Mierau) describes with great sensitivity and insight what this disease has done, does, and may well do to our native people…it deserves a place in the library of the history of medicine in Manitoba.” —Dr. Peter Markesteyn, Winnipeg Free Press.

About the Author

Maurice Mierau

Maurice Mierau grew up in Winnipeg, Nigeria, Jamaica, the US, and Saskatchewan. He now lives in Winnipeg where he writes full-time. His poetry collection, Ending with Music (Brick Books), was a finalist for the John Hirsch Award in 2003. In his spare time he plays basketball, and the upright bass.