A Long Way from Home: The Tuberculosis Epidemic among the by Pat Sandiford Grygier

By Pat Sandiford Grygier

Based on reminiscences of sufferers, interviews with contributors within the executive courses, on hand literature and records, and documents of the Northern Affairs software, Grygier examines the courses for the Inuit in all components of Canada. She additionally explores the historical past of tuberculosis in Canada, stipulations of lifestyles within the North for either Inuit and non-Natives, and the improvement and amendment of presidency management of the North. this significant examine should be of curiosity to these in local and northerly stories, Canadian social and political background, and the background of medication in Canada.

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Sanatorium nurses were particularly at risk; according to a Saskatchewan study, 60 per cent of female employees became infected with TB during their first year of service. In 1939 the federal government introduced x-ray examination of all recruits to the armed forces (and, in 1947, of people applying to be immigrants); one-third of i per cent of recruits were found to have active tuberculosis. In 1950 it became routine for general hospitals to x-ray all new admissions. Many previously unsuspected cases of tuberculosis were picked up in these surveys and routine examinations.

6 At first, figures were based on the reporting of new cases and on the number of patients in sanatoria and hospitals. Later, reactivated cases and patients treated outside sanatoria were included. The number of reactivated cases was about one-quarter the number of new cases in 1961 when the new system began, but this may not have been the case in the 19303 or 19405. Tables i and 2 show the numbers of new cases reported, patients treated, and deaths, and the corresponding rates per 100,000 of the population, for the years 1938 to 1990.

There is satellite television and prefab housing; there are schools and nursing clinics, postal, telephone, and banking services, fax machines, a largely wage economy, and many of the same goods available as down south. The territorial government operates much like any provincial government, with locally elected members (most of them natives) and a public service (mostly white). The Northwest Territories sends two members of Parliament to the House of Commons, and two Inuit1 sit in the Senate. It was not like this forty years ago.

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