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Monday February 18, 2013

POMERANZ, Bruce Herbert,

MD, PhD, eminent scientist, maverick intellectual, inspiring teacher, devoted husband and loving father and grandfather, died on February 15th, 2013. The child of refugees from Europe, Dr. Pomeranz received his medical degree from McGill University in 1961 and completed his PhD at Harvard in 1967. He began his career in science at MIT and soon arrived at the University of Toronto where he was a Professor in the Departments of Zoology and Physiology. He was a courageous and passionately skeptical scientist who was unafraid to challenge the theoretical foundations of modern science using its own most rigorous methods and tools. His work in a number of fields established a significant bridge between Eastern and Western medical traditions, most notably in the discovery of the biological mechanism through which acupuncture produces pain relief, leading to its widespread acceptance in North America. His research into homeopathy, though as yet not accepted by the scientific mainstream, may prove equally significant. A 1998 paper was instrumental in the development of a new field examining the epidemiology of adverse drug reactions. Dr. Pomeranz was awarded numerous academic prizes and honours, and served on a range of medical advisory boards. Bruce had an infectious love of life, whether shedding tears of joy listening to Elvis sing gospel, debating the nature of consciousness, travelling to far-flung corners of the globe, or inspiring his students to achieve more than they thought possible. He is survived by his loving wife Miriam Varadi, his daughter Elyse, son-in-law Amnon, step-children Ben and Karen, Margo and Ariel, and grandchildren Ishai, Caleb, Darwin, and Blueberry. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (three lights west of Dufferin) for service on Monday, February 18, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. Interment Pardes Chaim Cemetery in the Community section. At the request of the family, Shiva will be observed privately.

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