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Disability and dignity: paying respect to the inimitable Dr Hughes

When I was a little girl, I thought my Mom and my stepfather, David, were it. He was a physical anthropologist and the Chair of Anthropology at the University of Toronto. She was a social anthropologist and was making a name for herself in the area of human rights. They were smart, beautiful, and glamorous and drank and danced their way around the world meeting and studying exotic and fascinating people. But when I was 15, David suffered a stroke, slipped into a coma and my Mom was told to make funeral arrangements, but David was having none of it and woke up. He was defiant like that.

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