Allemang Newsletter

November 20, 2011

Reports, articles, book reviews, research items, announcements, and letters to the editor are invited. Please send your news items to: Jaime Lapeyre.

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Newsletter July 2009

July 30, 2009

1. Feature article: Museum of Healthcare Kingston
2. Sudbury Oral History project
3. News Items
4. Book Review
5. Upcoming Meetings
6. Call for Abstracts
7. Obituaries

Read the full Margaret M. Allemang Society for the History of Nursing Newsletter July 2009 (pdf-460kb)

Newsletter May 2009

April 30, 2009

  • Feature Article – They didn’t toe the line: Ottawa public health nurses, social justice and family planning, 1967-1972;
  • BOOK REVIEW: Eunice Dyke:
  • Health Care Pioneer; 125 Years of Public Health in Toronto;
  • Florence Nightingale Anniversary Rose;

Read the May 2009 Newsletter

Newsletter January 2009

January 20, 2009

  • FEATURE ARTICLE – EUPHEMIA JANE TAYLOR—Promoter of Concept of “Total Patient Care” by Janice Cooke Feigenbaum RN PhD
  • Canadian Nursing History Collection Online
  • Digitization of Canadian War Museum Collections
  • MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL – Remember to renew your membership for 2009. Your support is needed to carry out our mandate of information sharing to promote and preserve nursing history.
  • New book – A Life of Caring – A Collection of Oral Histories from Newfoundland Nurses Practicing during the 1920s and 30s.

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Newsletter November 2008

November 21, 2008


Chris Dooley is a Doctoral Candidate at York University.

Last year, in designing a new course in the history of Canada’s welfare state, I became acutely aware of the extent to which health history, as practised in Canada, is largely divorced from a wider history of twentieth century state formation. This is unfortunate, and I believe that Canadian historians of health and medicine would benefit from a closer attention to politics and political economy, subjects they have largely ceded to political scientists and sociologists. Practitioner history may offer part of the solution. Paying close attention to the experience of practitioners like nurses helps us to discern the institutional logics of health care systems and the bureaucratic and political apparatus that support them. In sum, I think that we need to begin to write a new history of health and medicine in Canada – one that articulates with the history of welfare state formation – and I think that historians of nursing can play an important role in writing it.
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Newsletter July 2008

July 15, 2008

Feature Article

Louise Brent, Nurse Leader

Louse Brent, Lady Superintendent of the Hospital for Sick Children (HSC) 1896 – 1913 made a major contribution to pediatric care and to nurse training. As one of the first generation of trained nurses, she contributed significantly to the founding of professional nursing organisations in Canada.

Born October 9, 1856, the daughter of James W. Brent and Mary Ann Holland, Brent was educated at Miss Stubbs Private School in Toronto and at 32 years of age entered training at the Brooklyn City Hospital, New York. She graduated in 1890, returned to Toronto as Lady Superintendent of the Grace Hospital then, after six years, moved to the Hospital for Sick Children. Selected by John Ross Robertson, wealthy businessman, philanthropist and Chairman of the HSC Board, Brent proved a worthy ally for Robertson in his drive to place HSC at the forefront of scientific pediatric care (the fact that Brent was related to him by marriage probably helped to smooth her path).
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