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A Cultural History of Canada

Oct 18, 2020

In which we begin an overview discussion about health and medicine in Canada from the First Nations to New France. Let's look at a pre-germ theory world with the help of Indigenous legends and some lame poetry!  


Major sources:  

  • Arnason, T., R. J. Hebda, and T. Johns. "Use of plants for food and medicine by Native Peoples of eastern Canada." Canadian Journal of Botany, Vol. 59, 1981, pp. 2189-2325. 
  • Copway, George. 'The Traditional History and Characteristic Sketches of the Ojibway Nation'. C. Gilpin, 1850. 
  • Daveluy, Marie-Claire. “Mance, Jeanne,” in Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. 1, University of Toronto/Université Laval, 2003. 
  • Faillon, Étienne-Michel. Vie de mademoiselle Mance et histoire de l'Hôtel-Dieu de Ville-Marie, en Canada. Paris, Rusand, 1854. 
  • Herrick, James W. Iroquois Medical Botany, Syracuse University Press, 1997. Gagan, David, and Rosemary Gagan. "Hospitals." The Oxford Companion to Canadian History, edited by Gerald Hallowell, Oxford UP, 2004, pp. 293-4. 
  • McPherson, Kathryn. "Nursing." The Oxford Companion to Canadian History, edited by Gerald Hallowell, Oxford UP, 2004, pp. 458. 
  • Turner, Nancy J. Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge: Ethnobotany and Ecological Wisdom of Indigenous Peoples of Northwestern North America, Montreal, McGill-Queen's University Press, 2014. 
  • Story of Last Calf and the cure for tuberculosis 
  • Sproule, Dorothy. “Jeanne Mance: Founder of Hotel Dieu, Montreal.” Montreal in Verse: An Anthology of English Poetry by Montreal Poets. Ed. Writers of the Poetry Group. Montreal, Canadian Authors Association; 1942. 


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