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A long way from home [electronic resource] : the tuberculosis epidemic among the Inuit / Pat Sandiford Grygier.

By: Grygier, Pat Sandiford, 1922-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: McGill-Queen's/Hannah Institute studies in the history of medicine, health, and society: 2.Publisher: Montreal, Que. : McGill-Queen's University Press, 1994Description: 1 online resource (xxiv, 233 p.) : ill., maps, charts.ISBN: 0773512160; 9780773512160; 9780773564855 (electronic bk.); 0773564853 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Inuit -- Health and hygiene -- Canada -- History | Tuberculosis -- Canada -- History | Inuit -- Canada -- Government relations -- History | Inuit -- Sant�e et hygi�ene -- Canada -- Histoire | Tuberculose -- Canada -- Histoire | Tuberculosis -- ethnology -- Canada | Communicable Disease Control -- history -- Canada | Inuits -- history -- Canada | Inuits -- Sant�e et hygi�ene -- Canada -- Histoire | Inuits -- Relations avec l'�Etat -- Canada -- Histoire | Tuberculose -- Canada -- Histoire | Tuberkulose | Kanada | Eskimo | MEDICAL / Oncology | Eskimos Diseases | CanadaGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Long way from home.DDC classification: 616.9/95/008997 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
A brief history of tuberculosis in Canada -- The Inuit people and the Arctic -- Other players: the Hudson's Bay Company and the Missionaries -- Other players: the government and the RCMP -- Emergence of the problem -- The assault -- The Eastern Arctic patrol -- Life in the San -- After the hospital: going home, or a southern grave -- The 1960s: new measures in the Northwest Territories -- Distinct but similar: the epidemic in Quebec and Newfoundland -- The balance sheet: one person's point of view -- Arctic administration and principal events, 1870-1970 -- Interviews -- Hospitals to which Inuit were sent, 1940s to 1960s -- Nanr "Standard Eskimo discharge kit".
Summary: A Long Way from Home is the first comprehensive account of the tuberculosis epidemic among the Inuit in the mid-part of this century. The Inuit were victims not only of the epidemic but also of the Canadian government's shockingly slow response and lack of consideration for their culture. Focusing on patients' experiences and the programs set up to deal with the epidemic, rather than on a purely medical discussion of the disease and treatment, a voice is given to those involved and a human face to the bare statistics. Based on recollections of patients, interviews with participants in government programs, available literature and statistics, and records of the Northern Affairs Program, Pat Grygier examines the programs for the Inuit in all parts of Canada. Background information on tuberculosis in Canada, conditions of life in the North at the time for both Inuit and non-Natives, and the development and modification of government administration of the North are also covered.
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A brief history of tuberculosis in Canada -- The Inuit people and the Arctic -- Other players: the Hudson's Bay Company and the Missionaries -- Other players: the government and the RCMP -- Emergence of the problem -- The assault -- The Eastern Arctic patrol -- Life in the San -- After the hospital: going home, or a southern grave -- The 1960s: new measures in the Northwest Territories -- Distinct but similar: the epidemic in Quebec and Newfoundland -- The balance sheet: one person's point of view -- Arctic administration and principal events, 1870-1970 -- Interviews -- Hospitals to which Inuit were sent, 1940s to 1960s -- Nanr "Standard Eskimo discharge kit".

A Long Way from Home is the first comprehensive account of the tuberculosis epidemic among the Inuit in the mid-part of this century. The Inuit were victims not only of the epidemic but also of the Canadian government's shockingly slow response and lack of consideration for their culture. Focusing on patients' experiences and the programs set up to deal with the epidemic, rather than on a purely medical discussion of the disease and treatment, a voice is given to those involved and a human face to the bare statistics. Based on recollections of patients, interviews with participants in government programs, available literature and statistics, and records of the Northern Affairs Program, Pat Grygier examines the programs for the Inuit in all parts of Canada. Background information on tuberculosis in Canada, conditions of life in the North at the time for both Inuit and non-Natives, and the development and modification of government administration of the North are also covered.

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