SickKids: The History of the Hospital for Sick Children

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University of Toronto Press, Jan 1, 2016 - History - 462 pages

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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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Between the Cradle and the Grave
7
2 The Sweetest of All Charities
25
3 The Paper Tyrant
47
4 Club Feet and Crooked Limbs
71
5 Milk Sewage
97
6 Irradiation
117
7 Iron Lungs
139
12 Tragedy and Transformation
269
13 The Atrium
289
14 A Genetic Wilderness
311
15 A Hospital without Walls
337
16 SickKids International
353
Epilogue
363
Further Reading
369
Notes
375

8 Visiting Hours
167
9 The Rabbit Warren
191
10 Blue Babies
219
11 A Sisterhood of Nursing
243
Illustration Credits
442
Index
443
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About the author (2016)

David Wright is Professor of History and Canada Research Chair in the History of Health Policy, McGill University

Mary Jo Haddad is a visionary and energetic health care executive. She is currently a Senior Associate and CEO Mentor with Kilberry Leadership Advisors and the former president and CEO of The Hospital for Sick Children.

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