Book ID: CBB802687262

SickKids: The History of the Hospital for Sick Children (2017)


Wright, David (Author)

University of Toronto Press

Publication Date: 2017
Physical Details: 481 pages
Language: English

Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children is the most famous medical institution in Canada. In addition to being the largest pediatric centre in North America, it has earned an international reputation for clinical care and research that has influenced generations of health care practitioners across the country and around the world. In a very real sense, hospital staff have touched the lives of tens of thousands of children and their families. SickKids has an equally remarkable history - from its humble origins in rented houses in Victorian Toronto, the Hospital would flourish to become an influential paediatric institution, pioneering Pasteurization, the Iron Lung for Polio, Pablum, the Mustard Procedure for 'Blue Babies', and the discovery of the gene for Cystic Fibrosis. It would also be the site of two of most famous medical controversies in modern Canadian history -- the suspected murder of two dozen babies in the early 1980s and, more recently, the whistle-blowing controversy involving the research scientist, Nancy Olivieri.  David Wright’s History of The Hospital for Sick Children chronicles this remarkable history of the SickKids, including its triumphs and tragedies, its discoveries and dead-ends.  In doing so, Wright has crafted a compelling and accessible history of SickKids that anchors Toronto's children's hospital within the broader changes affecting Canadian society and medical practice over the last century.

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Review Cynthia Comacchio (2017) Review of "SickKids: The History of the Hospital for Sick Children". Bulletin of the History of Medicine (pp. 822-823). unapi

Review Cynthia A. Connolly (2018) Review of "SickKids: The History of the Hospital for Sick Children". Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences (pp. 105-106). unapi

Review Lisa Joy Pruitt (2017) Review of "SickKids: The History of the Hospital for Sick Children". Social History of Medicine (pp. 827-828). unapi

Review Karen Walloch (2017) Review of "SickKids: The History of the Hospital for Sick Children". Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 934-935). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Golden, Janet Lynne
Birn, Anne-Emanuelle
Bluebond-Langner, Myra
Brosco, Jeffrey P.
Fassin, Didier
Lavoie, Vincent
Canadian Bulletin of Medical History/Bulletin Canadien d'Histoire de la Medecine
History of Psychology
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Social Science History
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Medizin, Gesellschaft, und Geschichte
McGill-Queen's University Press
University of Toronto Press
Scottish History Press
Hospitals and clinics
Public health
Disease and diseases
Call, Annie Payson
Kirschmann, August
Toronto (Ontario)
United States
Great Britain
Philadelphia, PA
20th century
19th century
20th century, early
18th century
21st century
University of Toronto
Royal Hospital for Sick Children (Glasgow)
Royal Children's Hospital (Melbourne)

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