The General: A History of the Montreal General Hospital

The General: A History of the Montreal General Hospital

by Joseph Hanaway, John H. Burgess


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The General: A History of the Montreal General Hospital by Joseph Hanaway, John H. Burgess

Officially founded in 1819, the Montreal General Hospital is recognized as a pioneering institution in North America for the many discoveries in medical research made there and for its early association with the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University - the first medical school in Canada. Covering nearly 200 years of history, The General relates the story of the hospital from its origins and founding to the transition and aftermath of its incorporation into the McGill University Health Centre in 1997. With contributions that show the perspectives of clinicians, nurses, surgeons, professors, and administrators, chapters chronicle the history of particular departments and specializations of the hospital, including cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, obstetrics, emergency medicine, pathology, and radiology, as well as nursing, administration, and governance. Among the major turning points in the history of the hospital were the introduction of autopsy pathology by Sir William Osler, the debut of the electrocardiograph by Thomas Cotton in 1914, the discovery of a malignant tumour marker by Phil Gold and Samuel Freedman in 1965, its transformation from a community hospital serving anglophone Montreal to an internationally recognized academic centre during the 1950s and ’60s, and changes in governance due to the 1970 Quebec Medicare Act. Both a collective reminiscence and an extensive institutional history, The General is an engaging account of one prominent hospital’s development over nearly 200 years.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780773546851
Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date: 07/01/2016
Pages: 664
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.90(d)

About the Author

Joseph Hanaway is a former associate professor of neurology at the Washington University School of Medicine. John H. Burgess is emeritus cardiologist at the McGill University Health Centre and professor emeritus of medicine at McGill University.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations xi

Preface xv

Acknowledgments xix

Foreword A. Fuks xxi

Section 1 The Beginnings

1 The Molson Story S. Woods 3

2 Early History, 1819-85 J. Hanaway 15

Section 2 Department of Medicine and Its Divisions

3 Part 2: General Medicine J.H. Darragh 65

3 Part 2: Department of Medicine, 1980-95 P. Gold 79

4 Allergy and Clinical Immunology S.O. Freedman 97

5 Cardiology: The Road to the First Subspecialty of Internal Medicine J.H. Burgess 109

6 Dermatology R.R. Forsey W. Gerstein J.H. Burgess 124

7 Endocrinology, Metabolism, Toxicology, and Clinical Chemistry G. Joron D. Douglas J.H. Burgess 131

8 Gastroenterology D.G. Kinnear 140

9 Geriatrics S. Richardson J. McClaran 147

10 Haematology J.H. Burgess 157

11 Infectious Disease M. Libman 161

12 Medical Genetics D. Rosenblatt 165

13 Nephrology M. Kaye M. Laplante 173

14 Neurology and Neuroscience Research G. Bray D. Baxter 180

15 Medical Oncology M. Thirlwell 204

16 Respirology N. Colman J.H. Burgess 224

17 Rheumatology D. Hawkins J. Esdaile 231

18 Tropical Medicine J.D. MacLean 237

Section 3 Department of Surgery and Its Divisions

19 General Surgery R.A. Brown J. Hanaway 255

20 Cardiovascular Thoracic Surgery D.S. Mulder C.J. Chiu 281

21 Neurosurgery J. Stratford 294

22 Plastic Surgery H.B. Williams 309

Section 4 Other Departments

23 Anaesthesiology J.H. Burgess R. Robinson I. Metcalf 323

24 The Auxiliary L. Hutchison 329

25 Dentistry K. Bentley 339

26 Emergency Department M. Churchill-Smith 354

27 Obstetrics and Gynaecology J.E. Coffey 362

28 Ophthalmology S. Murphy D. Cowie 395

29 Orthopaedic Surgery E. Lenczner E. Brooks L. Conochie R. Murphy 430

30 Otolaryngology J.D. Baxter J.H. Burgess 436

31 Pathology J. Richardson 442

32 Pharmacy L. Haccoun J.H. Burgess 463

33 Physical Medicine J. Harvey 470

34 Psychiatry A. Mann J. Hanaway G. Bray 475

35 Radiology and Nuclear Medicine L. Rosenthall J. Gibson 492

36 Radiation Oncology C. Freeman E. Podgorsak 507

37 Research Institute S.O. Freedman 514

38 Social Services C. Lechman 522

39 Urology M. Laplante 538

Section 5 Nursing Department

40 Mind over Matter: Early Struggles and the Livingston Era M. Suttie 563

41 Building for the Future under Young, Holt, and Mathewson V. P. Shannon 586

42 Nursing Comes of Age: The MacLeod Years M. Hooton 604

43 Delineating the Parameters of Professional Practice: The Taylor Years R. Allan-Rigby 624

44 The Shannon Years: The Evolution of the Discipline of Nursing in a University Teaching Hospital P. (Urch) Dembeck 636

45 The Alumnae Association of the Montreal General Hospital School of Nursing M. Suttie 649

Section 6 Additional MGH Items

46 The MGH Foundation R. Collett 667

47 MGH and Les Canadiens D.G. Kinnear D.S. Mulder 674

48 Governance J. Hanaway 682

Contributors 707

Figures 714

Index 719

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