SickKids: The History of The Hospital for Sick Children
Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children is the most famous medical institution in Canada. In addition to being the largest pediatric centre in North America, it has earned an international reputation for clinical care and research that has influenced generations of health care practitioners across the country and around the world. In a very real sense, hospital staff have touched the lives of tens of thousands of children and their families.
SickKids has an equally remarkable history - from its humble origins in rented houses in Victorian Toronto, the Hospital would flourish to become an influential paediatric institution, pioneering Pasteurization, the Iron Lung for Polio, Pablum, the Mustard Procedure for 'Blue Babies', and the discovery of the gene for Cystic Fibrosis. It would also be the site of two of most famous medical controversies in modern Canadian history -- the suspected murder of two dozen babies in the early 1980s and, more recently, the whistle-blowing controversy involving the research scientist, Nancy Olivieri.
David Wright’s History of The Hospital for Sick Children chronicles this remarkable history of the SickKids, including its triumphs and tragedies, its discoveries and dead-ends. In doing so, Wright has crafted a compelling and accessible history of SickKids that anchors Toronto's children's hospital within the broader changes affecting Canadian society and medical practice over the last century.
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- Page Count: 480 pages
- Illustrations: 56
- Dimensions: 7.0in x 1.0in x 10.0in
‘SickKids is an impressive work of scholarship that should interest clinicians, historians, parents, and anyone interested in children’s health and social welfare policy.’
Cynthia A. Connolly
Journal of History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, Online June 13 2017
‘Wright’s history combines splendid scholarship with compelling readability and wise judgement. SickKids becomes difficult to put down, which is highest praise I can give for an institutional history.’
Canadian Historical Review vol 98:02:2017
‘Enlivened by aptly selected illustrations and lucid prose, SickKids is an outstanding contribution to medical history in Canada.’
Isis vol 108:04:2017
‘David Wright’s excellent history…provides the first comprehensive account of [Sickkids] hospital since its founding over 140 years ago…[This] book is highly recommended to historians interested in hospital, childcare, and pediatric medical/surgical history, and to the general interested reader.’
Historical Studies in Education Review Vol 30:1:2018
"You can’t even begin to understand the history of medicine in Canada without knowing the scientific and social history of what is arguably its most significant medical institution, Toronto’s famous Hospital for Sick Children. To do that, you simply have to read SickKids, David Wright’s crisp, clear-eyed, and deliciously readable history. In Wright’s knowledgeable and unflinching hands, the great hospital becomes a civilization of its own."
Ian Brown, 'The Boy in the Moon: A Father’s Search for his Disabled Son'
"David Wright brings to life how The Hospital for Sick Children progressed from its humble beginnings in an eleven-room house to become a world-renowned leader in paediatric medicine. Wright crafts a captivating coming-of-age tale about not only an institution but also the communities that sustain it."
Jim Pitblado, former Chair of the Board, The Hospital for Sick Children
"Other histories of SickKids exist, but David Wright’s volume surpasses everything that has gone before. This book will take its rightful place within hospital historiography in Canada and beyond."
J.T.H. Connor, John Clinch Professor of Medical Humanities and History of Medicine, Memorial University
"David Wright has overcome the many challenges in writing an institutional history with its intertwined threads, and gives us a smoothly moving, well–researched, and well-written account of one of the world’s best known hospitals."
Jock Murray, Medical Humanities, Dalhousie University
Author InformationDavid Wright is Professor of History and Canada Research Chair in the History of Health Policy, McGill University
Mary Jo Haddad is a visionary and energetic health care executive. She is currently a Senior Associate and CEO Mentor with Kilberry Leadership Advisors and the former president and CEO of The Hospital for Sick Children.
Table of contents
List of Images and Tables
Chapter 1: Between the Cradle and the Grave
Chapter 2: The Sweetest of All the Charities
Chapter 3: The Paper Tyrant
Chapter 4: Club Feet and Crooked Limbs
Chapter 5: Milk Sewage
Chapter 6: Irradiation
Chapter 7: Iron Lungs
Chapter 8: Visiting Hours
Chapter 9: The Rabbit Warren
Chapter 10: Blue Babies
Chapter 11: A Sisterhood of Nursing
Chapter 12: Tragedy and Transformation:
Chapter 13: The Atrium
Chapter 14: A Genetic Wilderness
Chapter 15: A Hospital without Walls
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