A Fighting Chance: Disease, Public Health, and the Military, Part 2

*the following blog post was written by 2013 Margaret Angus Research Fellow Robert Engen     Two of the most remarkable stories in military medical history happened in the exact same place: Walcheren, a strip of land that sits like a cork in the mouth of the Scheldt River running through the Netherlands and Belgium. … More A Fighting Chance: Disease, Public Health, and the Military, Part 2

A Fighting Chance: Disease, Public Health, and the Military, Part 1

*the following blog post was written by 2013 Margaret Angus Research Fellow Robert Engen When we think about war and health care our imaginations are immediately drawn to ideas of war wounds, amputations, mobile surgical hospitals, and even psychiatric trauma and PTSD. These are among the most visible marks that war can leave on its … More A Fighting Chance: Disease, Public Health, and the Military, Part 1

A Tribute to Canada’s Nurses: Celebrating Nursing Week 2013

The following blog post was written by Museum Curator Dr. Pamela Peacock In Canada, the hard work and dedication of nurses is formally recognized during National Nursing Week, the second of week of May.  International Nurses Day, designated by the International Council of Nurses in 1974, is celebrated on May 12th.  This day was chosen … More A Tribute to Canada’s Nurses: Celebrating Nursing Week 2013

Grin and Bear It: Toothache Day and Why It Was Best to Avoid the Dentist in the Ancient World

*The following blog post was written by Curatorial Assistant Varsha Jayaraman February 9th marks Toothache Day, a day to celebrate…toothaches?  Much like many strangely-named holidays, the origin and reason for this one is unknown.  Some speculate that perhaps this celebrates the feast day of St. Apollonia, the patroness of dentists.  She was seized during a … More Grin and Bear It: Toothache Day and Why It Was Best to Avoid the Dentist in the Ancient World

World AIDS Day 2012

*the following blog post was written by Curatorial Volunteer Rebecca Jemmett What is World Aids Day? December 1st 2012 will mark the 24th year of World AIDS Day. Beginning in 1988, Worlds AIDS Day was the first ever global health day. It aims to support people around the world who have been affected by HIV … More World AIDS Day 2012

“Limbsomnia”: Pins and Needles Day & Paraesthesia

*the following blog post was written by Curatorial Assistant Varsha Jayaraman November 27th marked “Pins and Needles Day”.  It might seem that Pins and Needles Day would be something especially pertinent to a museum of health care; however, the origin of this day has nothing to do with the history of health care.  Rather, it … More “Limbsomnia”: Pins and Needles Day & Paraesthesia

Would I Have Died? Meconium Aspiration Syndrome

*the following guest blog was written by Maddi McKay, 2012 Curatorial Assistant at the Museum of Health Care It is my belief that, every once in a while, it is more important to examine the present than the past to truly understand the magnitude of various discoveries, achievements, and failures. This blog post will focus … More Would I Have Died? Meconium Aspiration Syndrome

Mysterious Mexican Disease May Rewrite History of Spanish Conquest

My absolute favourite thing about being a history student is having my previous assumptions about historical narratives dashed. During my first year at Queen’s I quickly learned that what was deemed “fact” in my earlier education is actually just one of many historical narratives to consider – history isn’t as cut-and-dried as I had thought. … More Mysterious Mexican Disease May Rewrite History of Spanish Conquest