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Dr. Rob Buckman, Canadian Tire addict

The Story

Dr. Robert Buckman is going through a certain kind of mid-life crisis that he's eager to joke about. He's on extended leave from the hospital where he works as a physician and is supposed to be creating a major TV series on alternative medicine. But he's sidetracked. He says the reason for his inability to focus is Canadian Tire. In this hilarious 1992 CBC Radio interview with Vicky Gabereau, the doctor, comedian and author expounds on his ceaseless fascination with things you can buy at the CT store.

Medium: Radio
Program: Gabereau
Broadcast Date: Feb. 28, 1992
Guest: Robert Buckman
Host: Vicki Gabereau
Duration: 13:36

Did You know?

• Dr. Robert Buckman was a British-Canadian physician, public speaker, humourist, author, and TV and radio personality.  He died October 9, 2011.


• Buckman graduated medical school at Cambridge University in 1972 and completed medical training at the Royal Marsden Hospital and University College Hospital in London. As of 2008, Buckman practised medical oncology at Toronto's Princess Margaret Hospital, specializing in breast cancer and teaching communication skills in oncology. He was a professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto and held an adjunct professorship at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Texas.


• Robert Buckman became a regular contributor to BBC programs on science and medicine in the 1970s and 1980s. He was also a writer on the sitcom Doctor on the Go and an actor on its spin-off Pink Medicine Show. Buckman wrote and performed material for the first Secret Policeman's Ball fundraiser in 1979, alongside Billy Connolly, John Cleese and Eleanor Bron.


• On the scientific front, Buckman appeared in Britain on the program Don't Ask Me in the 1970s, before coming to Canada to continue his career in 1985. Here, he contributed to shows such as Your Health for TV Ontario, and CTV's Balance. He also was a columnist for The Globe and Mail.


• Buckman won a Gemini Award for his TV series Magic or Medicine? which investigated alternative medicine. His series Human Wildlife focused on microbes in the domestic environment.


• Buckman is the author of several books of medical humour including Out of Practice (1978), Jogging from Memory: or Letters to Sigmund Freud (1980), and The Buckman Treatment, Or, a Doctor's Tour in North America (1989).








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