I always found it fascinating that a good 8% of the human genome is made up of viral invaders that have incorporated themselves into our germ cells over the past several million years.
George Burden is a family physician in Elmsdale, Nova Scotia, a graduate of Dalhousie University Medical School, class of '78. He is a freelance journalist who writes extensively for the national medical newspaper, The Medical Post, and also serves on the publication's medical advisory board. Dr. Burden has served in the past as a Regional Director of the Canadian chapter of the Explorers Club and was recently designated a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. He is a past recipient of the Governor General's Medal.
Publications to date have included topics such as studying aviation medicine from the perspective of a CF-18 pilot during an aerial combat exercise, descending in both a Canadian naval SDL deep sea submersible as well as time aboard the Victoria class submarine, HMCS Windsor. Dr. Burden has also traveled to and written on all seven continents including the Antarctic, West Africa and Southeast Asia.
He has published articles on diseases depicted in ancient Egyptian art at the Cairo Museum and has done an analysis of the Edwin Smith Papyrus from a modern medical perspective. Medical history is also an interest of Dr Burden and he has co-authored a book on this subject entitled Amazing Medical Stories, published by Goose Lane Editions/University of Toronto Press.
Dr. Burden presently resides in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He won 3 awards at the 2010 North American Travel Journalism Awards.
Gold - Category 143: Resorts - “Chilling Out at Quebec City's Le Chateau Entente”
(Published at Life As A Human on July 30th, 2010)
Silver - Category 128: Intergenerational and Family Travel - "Princess for a Day"
(Published at The Medical Post, April 6, 2010 Issue)
Bronze - Category 150: Cultural, Educational, Self-Improvement Travel - “Having a Ball, Vienna Style”
(Published at Life As A Human on June 12th, 2010)
Dr. Burden was also the recipient of the Travel Media Association of Canada's:
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