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Famous Early 20th Century Canadian Doctors and the Journey Towards a Government Medicare Program

The first medical schools were founded in Lower Canada (Quebec) in the 1820's. Dr. William Kelly a Canadian surgeon was instrumental in introducing sanitation methods into hospitals following the 1871 cholera epidemic.

Greatest Canadian Doctors of the 20th century

The first medical schools were founded in Lower Canada (Quebec) in the 1820's. Dr. William Kelly a Canadian surgeon was instrumental in introducing sanitation methods into hospitals following the 1871 cholera epidemic.

Montreal McGill University

The Montreal Medical Institution was the first medical facility in Canada and was the faculty of medicine at Montreal's McGill University. Canadian born Dr. William Osler, was one of the founding fathers of The American John Hopkins Hospital. He is known as the father of modern medicine. “Osler was a pathologist, physician, educator, bibliophile, historian, author, and renowned practical joker.” Osler trained in Toronto, then enrolled in Montreal's McGill University to finish his medical degree. He was appointed Chair of Clinical Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and then went on to become the first chief of medicine and the first Physician-in-Chief of the new Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland USA. The 19th century brought with it concerns for the condition of the poor in Canada and its efforts providing medical care to all people especially the poor. Dr. Osler and and many others were key contributors to health care in Montreal, and Lower Canada.

By the 20th Century Nobel prize Dr. Fredrick Banting of Alliston, Ontario along with colleagues such as Dr. Frederick Best invented insulin. Banting and McLeod, one of the associates received the Nobel prize for this discovery in 1923. The following year, Dr. Wilder Penfield of the Montreal Neurological Institute discovered a surgical procedure for epilepsy, which was named the Montreal procedure at the time. Dr. Penfield is the street running adjacent to McGill University and is separates the McGill complex into its upper and lower divisions. Banting, Best, and Penfield among the greatest doctors of the 20th century. The World famous Montreal Neurological Institute was founded by Dr. Penfield.

The Great Depression

The beginnings of the wide spread call for increased government help for medical services became very popular especially during the Great Depression when the needs of the poor were on the minds of every citizen. In 1935, the United Farmers of Canada passed a medical insurance bill in Alberta however, it was scraped when they lost the election the following year. A year later the British Columbia government tried to enact a provincial free medical system, but could not see it through because of the objection from the doctors.

Though at the time, it was not feasible, difference provinces still say the need for a government medical plan. The needs of the poor were always a top priority in Canada regarding access to medical care and education.

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_Hospitallers_of_St._Joseph

http://www.marguerite-bourgeoys.com/en/chapel/marguerite-Bourgeoys.asp

http://www.sgm.qc.ca/sgm/anglais/a_frameset.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Osler

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_care_in_Canada

http://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/medical-cost-disability-11/slideshow-top-11-medical-expenses?ecd=wnl_day_062511

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Comments (4)
Ranked #1 in Wellness

Thank you for this very informational and educational composition well done. Promoted.

very informative and a good presentation as well.

Terrific presentation and so informative, thanks! +1

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thanks everyone, we have some of the greatest doctors the world has ever seen

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