Constance Beattie in the summer of 1949, at Fairway Island (known today as Pitsiulartok) in Hudson Bay. [Photo: courtesy of Beattie's nephew Chuck Beattie]
“When polio struck an Inuit community in the late 1940s, it led to a tragedy that shocked the country. A physiotherapist was urgently needed to help treat Inuit polio victims in the Arctic settlement of Chesterfield Inlet on the west coast of Hudson Bay. Constance “Connie” Beattie was the only real choice to answer a distress call issued by the Department of Indian Affairs in late March 1949.”
Club member Christopher Rutty has an article, “Mercy Mission,” originally published in the Feb-March 2018 issue of Canada’s History Magazine about the fascinating story of Constance Beattie’s medical mission to the Arctic.
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Charles Hayter has a new essay in the Canadian Medical Association Journal about his encounter with marigolds in a hospital in India: Marigolds in the CT Scanner.
Major twentieth-century disease outbreaks in Canada included influenza, smallpox, diphtheria, and polio.
[Photographic Illustration by James Gillespie, Canada's History]
Chris Rutty has a new article “After the Pandemic” in Canada’s History about how Canada’s experience of past disease outbreaks may provide clues to the post-pandemic future.
Dr. Leone Farrell, c. 1950s (courtesy Sanofi Pasteur Canada Archives, Connaught Campus)
Christopher Rutty has written an entry for the The Canadian Encyclopedia on the biochemist and microbiologist, Leone Norwood Farrell. Farrell was a pioneer in vaccine development. Her “Toronto Method” made possible the large-scale production of the Salk Vaccine for polio