"This book, then, is an attempt to tell the story of the TB epidemic among the Inuit, to give a voice to the patients and their families, and to try to give a human face to the bare statistics. It also attempts to show the difficulties and effort of the many workers who tried their hardest to solve the countless problems they were faced with and who did, in the end, bring the disease under control and thus save the people from physical annihilation. This is their story too. The story is, of course, written with the incomplete knowledge of a southerner, who cannot hope to have a full understanding of this catastrophic episode from the Inuit point of view and who can only dimly perceive the impact that this massive event must have had on the communities scattered throughout the North and on the individual lives of the people directly affected". -- Intro., p. xxiii-xxiv.
Contents divided into four main parts: Part One: Setting the Scene -- Part Two: Events -- Part Three: Conclusions -- Appendices.
Contents: Tables -- Figures and Maps -- Place Names -- Abbreviations -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- Illustrations following -- A Brief History of Tuberculosis in Canada -- The Inuit People and the Arctic -- Other Players: The Hudson's Bay Company and the Missionaries -- Other Players: The Government and the RCMP -- Emergence of the Problem -- The Assault -- The Eastern Arctic Patrol -- Life in the San -- After the Hospital: Going Home, or a Southern Grave -- The 1960s: New Measures in the Northwest Territories -- Distinct but Similar: The Epidemic in Quebec and Newfoundland -- The Balance Sheet: One Person's Point of View -- Appendix 1: Arctic Administration and Principal Events, 1870-1970 -- Appendix 2: Interviews -- Appendix 3: Hospitals to which Inuit Were Sent, 1940s to 1960s -- NANR "Standard Eskimo Discharge Kit" -- Notes -- A Note on Sources -- Credits -- Index.
McGill-Queen's/Hannah Institute Studies in the history of medicine, health, and society; 2