Article ID: CBB460031763

Introduction—Case by Case: Private and Public Representations of Patients in the Grenfell Mission in Newfoundland and Labrador in the Early 20th Century (2021)

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This article provides context for three studies about early 20th-century medical cases in the geographically distributed humanitarian aid organization founded by Wilfred Grenfell in pre-Confederation Newfoundland and Labrador. It situates these studies within historiographical and theoretical approaches to case histories and their publication by medical practitioners, the background for research on the clinical records of the Grenfell organization’s main hospital, and the history behind specific case information for coastal patients. While the cases examined cohere through their organizational origin, the authors of these three studies reveal sometimes unexpected representations of the patient in text and illustration. In these ways, both this introductory article and the following three studies emphasize the enduring appeal of narrative approaches to case writing while also pointing to the evolving ethics of publishing medical reports for general readers and scholars. Together they invite renewed attention to the representation of medical cases in publications that increasingly are available globally in internet collections.

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Article Monica Kidd (2021) “If We Can Make a Cure of Him”: Lyrical Grenfell in the St. Anthony Casebooks, 1906. Canadian Bulletin of Medical History/Bulletin Canadienne d'Histoire de la Medecine (pp. 423-434). unapi

Article John R.H. Matchim (2021) Publishing and Paternalism in the Grenfell Mission: Wilfred Grenfell’s Accounts of a Boy Patient and Doctor-Patient Relations in Northern Newfoundland and Labrador, 1900–14. Canadian Bulletin of Medical History/Bulletin Canadienne d'Histoire de la Medecine (pp. 399-422). unapi

Article Jennifer J. Connor (2021) Labrador Emergencies and St. Anthony Institutional Care: Medical Cases of Donald McI. Johnson for the Grenfell Association, 1928–29. Canadian Bulletin of Medical History/Bulletin Canadienne d'Histoire de la Medecine (pp. 372-398). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Connor, Jennifer J.
Acker, Wouter Van
Letts, Melinda
Abel, Emily K.
Morrison, Hazel
Beyer, Christof
Journals
Canadian Bulletin of Medical History/Bulletin Canadienne d'Histoire de la Medecine
Social History of Medicine
Perspectives on Science
British Journal for the History of Philosophy
Journal of Literature and Science
Medizin, Gesellschaft, und Geschichte
Publishers
Johns Hopkins University Press
Routledge
Manchester University Press
University of Minnesota Press
McGill-Queen's University Press
Concepts
Patients
Doctor-patient relationships
Medicine and ethics
Communication of scientific ideas
Medicine
Informed consent
People
Grenfell, Wilfred Thomason, Sir
Otlet, Paul
Geddes, Patrick
Neurath, Otto
Rufos of Ephesos
O'Sullivan, Eamon
Time Periods
20th century, early
20th century
19th century
Ancient
21st century
Qing dynasty (China, 1644-1912)
Places
Newfoundland (Canada)
Labrador (Canada)
United States
Greece
Glasgow (Scotland)
Scotland
Institutions
National Institute of Health (U.S.)
Merck & Co.
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