A Sight for Sore Eyes: The Strange Tale of Mr. Williams the Oculist and His Kingston Connection

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A Lifetime of Service: The Medical Career of Lieutenant Colonel Allan M. Davidson

A museum collection is more than an assortment of objects. It is a gateway into our collective past. Objects provide a tangible connection to the stories that make up individuals and communities. Of all the artifacts in museum collections, photographs provide perhaps the most visceral connection to the past. Photographs are snapshots of a moment … More A Lifetime of Service: The Medical Career of Lieutenant Colonel Allan M. Davidson

Moral Treatment: A New Therapeutic Model

Organized sports and bicycling were also popular. These activities were believed to assist recovery, as they broke up the monotony of asylum life. In the late nineteenth century, Rockwood Asylum underwent a drastic change in treatment philosophies. Begun under the guidance of the third Superintendent Dr. William Metcalf, and continued by Dr. Charles Kirk Clarke, … More Moral Treatment: A New Therapeutic Model

Curative Architecture: The Healthful Design of Rockwood Asylum

In July of 1856 thirty-six acres of an estate west of Portsmouth Village, previously owned by politician John Cartwright, were purchased by the United Province of Canada East and Canada West. The intended purpose of the land? To become the home of a future asylum, intended to house both the “criminally insane” of Kington Penitentiary … More Curative Architecture: The Healthful Design of Rockwood Asylum

A Necessary Public Service to Uphold: Kingston General Hospital and the Hospital Funding Crisis of 1867

The following post was written by the Museum of Health Care’s 2017 – 2018 Curatorial Assistant, Agnes Ladon.* Agnes recently completed her PhD in Art History at Queen’s University, specializing in Canadian historical art and material culture. The change of government following Confederation in 1867 had unforeseen consequences for a number of institutions in Canada. … More A Necessary Public Service to Uphold: Kingston General Hospital and the Hospital Funding Crisis of 1867

The History of Vaccinations: The Build Up to the Spanish Flu

The following blog post was contributed by Andrew Belyea, who is the Museum of Health Care’s 2017 Margaret Angus Research Fellow. Andrew has a degree in Life Science from Queen’s University and will start at the Queen’s School of Medicine in the fall.  This is Andrew’s fifth blog post in a series he will be … More The History of Vaccinations: The Build Up to the Spanish Flu

Treatments for Menstrual Cramps throughout History

The following blog post was written by Shaelagh Cull, Summer 2015 Public Programs Assistant .   “My pen cannot express the anguish and pain suffered by some women…”:[1] For many women, each month until menopause will bring with it a new menstrual cycle. Anywhere between twenty to ninety percent of women will experience painful cramping, … More Treatments for Menstrual Cramps throughout History

Laudanum: Freedom from Pain for the Price of Addiction

The following blog post was written by Lucy Gall, Summer 2015 Public Programs Assistant . On Canada Day, the Museum of Health Care unveiled a new exhibit entitled “A Stubborn Illness” about the health of Sir John A. Macdonald and his family. When I first toured the gallery I was struck by the intriguing medicine … More Laudanum: Freedom from Pain for the Price of Addiction