Miriam
Shuchman

Awards

2005 Winner

Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing

for The Drug Trial: Nancy Olivieri and the Science Scandal that Rocked the Hospital for Sick Children

Jury Citation

“The best books force readers to look beyond the obvious and question what they think they know. That's what Miriam Shuchman has achieved in The Drug Trial: Nancy Olivieri and the Science Scandal that Rocked the Hospital for Sick Children. She has taken a story that many Canadians remember at the time as a battle between a drug researcher and a pharmaceutical company, gone below the surface and written a compelling account with all the page-turning suspense of a mystery. It shines an illuminating spotlight on the politics of health care and drug approvals and raises serious questions about the motives of everyone involved from physicians to hospital administrators, universities seeking research dollars, pharmaceutical companies and the media, even showing how superficial her own reporting of the story was at the time.” – 2005 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing Jury (Sheila Copps, William Fox, and Christopher Waddell)