Quarantine, What is Old is New: Halifax and the Lawlor's Island Quarantine Station 1866-1938 by Ian Arthur Cameron, MDQuarantine, What is Old is New: Halifax and the Lawlor's Island Quarantine Station 1866-1938 by Ian Arthur Cameron, MD

Quarantine, What is Old is New: Halifax and the Lawlor's Island Quarantine Station 1866-1938

byIan Arthur Cameron, MDEditorFrancis Gordon Mitchell, Mary Jo Mary Jo Anderson

Paperback | January 2, 2008

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Medical doctor/historian Cameron, reveals the ghosts of our medical past: and Halifax history: tragic events, unimaginable hardships, public health successes/failures, remarkable bravery and unforgivable incompetence. As new epidemics threaten, we must learn lessons from the past. This book is an important contribution to medicine, public health and maritime history, as well as an intriguing history of Halifax and some of its more prominent citizens.
Born and raised in Truro, Nova Scotia Ian Arthur Cameron received a BA (major in history) from Mount Allison University, MD from Dalhousie University, CCFP and FCFP from the College of Family Physicians of Canada. He has practiced medicine in the Queen Charlotte Islands, B.C., Fredericton N.B. and he has been a Professor of Family Med...
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Title:Quarantine, What is Old is New: Halifax and the Lawlor's Island Quarantine Station 1866-1938Format:PaperbackDimensions:9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:January 2, 2008Publisher:NEW WORLD PUBLISHINGLanguage:English

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Quarantine What is Old is New: Halifax and the Lawlor's Island Quarantine Station 1866-1938Lawlor's Island is the forgotten island in Halifax Harbour as is the quarantine station that once flourished there. Should they be remembered? Is the concept of quarantine relevant today? Were the people of Halifax, Nova Scotia and Canada well served by the 19th - 20th century maritime quarantine stations? What lessons were learned? These are some of the questions that are tackled in this book. What is Quarantine? It is the first line of defense against the spread of infectious disease. It involves the rapid isolation of people who have or are suspected of harbouring an infectious disease. Quarantine was first practiced in Venice during the Middle Ages in an attempt to prevent the Black Death. The measure was too little and too late and the population of Europe was decimated. The most recent and successful use of quarantine was in the SARS epidemic of 2003 in Toronto. The development of quarantine as an effective public health measure between these two land-mark events is documented through the telling of the story of the Lawlor's Island Quarantine Station.Early medicine, as well as Nova Scotia, Canadian and Maritime history is also an integral part of this story.Every good story has some intriguing characters. In this book you will be introduced to a highly placed official who decreed your cargo will be burned and those responsible from the ship will be subject to corporal punishment if anyone goes ashore or unloads cargo before they are given permission. One of the tragic characters in the book is the quarantine doctor who said, "We medics are all well and death proof." and promptly died of cholera two days later. Then there is the quarantine officer who added to a present day problem when he said, "These pits would become pest holes for propagating disease. The buildings should be drained into the harbour." A very distinguished detainee on Lawlor's Island described his initial impression on arrival: "I went deep into the woods on the island along a frozen path, among the fir trees. The ground was covered with light snow, it was quiet, there was no one to be seen or heard, the night sky was clear." One of the last small pox patients to be quarantined on Lawlor's Island was described by the head of quarantine for Canada, "He was distinctly more toxic today - his face a swollen mask, I have very little hope that he will recover."If you get to know these characters in the book the questions posed in the first paragraph will be answered.

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Quarantine: What is Old is NewAfter a long love affair with Lawlor's Island, clinician/historian Dr. Ian Cameron reveals the ghosts of its medical past.In the 19th century the port city of Halifax had an understandable fear of communicable diseases such as smallpox, typhus, cholera, typhoid fever, and plague, and the quarantine station on Lawlor's Island was to protect the population from these threats arriving by ship from all over the world.The story is of tragic events and unimaginable hardships, public health successes and failures, remarkable bravery and unforgivable incompetence. As new epidemics threatened to arrive on our shores from around the world, we must learn lessons from the past.This book is an important, contribution to medical, public health and maritime history, but it will also fascinate those who love Nova Scotia and Halifax. Dr. Jock Murray, O.C., Professor Emeritus, Dalhousie University