In public life as a "media professor" and behind the scenes organizing lobbying campaigns, he rallied with Deborah Coyne, Clyde Wells and air un-retiring Pierre Trudeau to fight what Bliss saw as the abominations of Brian Mulroney and the Meech Lake and Charlottetown accords: "I joked that for pleasant change from observing Canadian politics I was writing a book about the ravages of smallpox." But it was only partly a joke, for his first love remained medical history, producing in two decades extensive studies of the discovery of insulin as well as the story of the Montreal smallpox epidemic, and internationally acclaimed biographies of Frederick Banting, William
Osler and Harvey Cushing, as well as a shorter overview on The Making of Modern Medicine.
I'm back in another era, living with the boys who are about to go off to war, talking with Joe Flavelle, Fred Banting, William
Osler, watching my parents board a midnight train for their honeymoon in New York.