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RE: Doctors and other professions

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  • Xenia Stanford
    Hi Donna, The book The Country Doctors by Henri Chatenay has a map inside the front cover - there it lists for High River, Dr. G.D. Stanley. It does t list
    Message 1 of 12 , Feb 28, 2004
      Hi Donna,
      The book "The Country Doctors" by Henri Chatenay has a map inside the front cover - there it lists for High River, Dr. G.D. Stanley. It does't list Taber but gives a doctor for Bassano and Wardlow. He came to Alberta in 1901. There are several pages devoted to him.
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      From: owner-dist-gen@... [mailto:owner-dist-gen@...]On Behalf Of Donna Coulter
      Sent: February 28, 2004 2:48 PM
      To: dist-gen@...; Xenia Stanford
      Subject: Re: Doctors and other professions

      Thanks for sharing Xenia-- I brought up the article you wrote in the Chronicle--
      It is more than I need for the research I am doing but this sort of information is alway's welcome.
      I am actually looking for all the Doctors that worked in High River / Nanton area, particularly very early.
       Your article brings to light the types I am likely to run into. Some I know of--!!!!
      Thanks again.
      Judiths list of recognized Archives is dually saved as well. 
      Donna Coulter
      Hi Donna,
      I found my article on workplace records from Family Chronicle reproduced on the web for free! It is at
      I only touch on the fact that doctors are found in "medical registers". However, as I mentioned the one in the Chinook was specifically on early doctors.
      I forgot to mention in my earlier note is that many doctors could and did slip under the radar and just hang up their shingle. In fact, in the very early days of Canada and the rest of North America it took less to be a doctor than it did to be a midwife and it took less to be a surgeon than to be an apothecary (early form of pharmacist, who in addition to growing and dispensing herbal and other remedies was also permitted to prescribe them whereas a surgeon was not). Surgeons were originally a side practice for barbers - since they already had the right tools for shaving with a straight razor, they added leeches, bandages and other tools of the trade. Then they displayed a sign or pole showing red and white stripes. This indicated not that they were solely a barber but were also open for surgery - red = blood and white = bandages.
      The ancestor of my children and the first "habitant" Louis Hebert was an apothecary in Paris and was hired for his expertise in this area. He came with Champlain, first to Acadia in 1606 and later to Quebec in 1617, since with his knowledge of herbs and plants he would be valuable in preventing scurvy as well as treating other illnesses through his prescriptions.
      The University trained doctor existed in these times and even earlier in Europe but was a rarity in North America or the other colonies where no rules were in force for most of the 17th and early 18th century. Yet every ship required (at least was supposed to have!) a doctor on board but many used the apothecary as they were more plentiful.
      I am sure you are not looking for a 17th century doctor in Alberta but as late as 1871 my client's ancestor was plying his trade in Ontario and as far as we could find he had no formal education nor was ever listed on a medical register of the College of Physicians and Surgeons. Even as early as that one could be fined for practicing medicine without a licence but many still did. Or who knows perhaps he was somewhere and in spite of my best efforts and that of the archivist at the Upper Canada College of Physicians and Surgeons, the man was listed or educated somewhere but we just haven't found where yet!
      à bientôt,

      Xenia Stanford (president@...)
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      From: owner-dist-gen@... [mailto:owner-dist-gen@...]On Behalf Of Donna Coulter
      Sent: February 28, 2004 1:11 AM
      To: dist-gen@...; Judith Rempel
      Subject: Re: Doctors

      Hi -- As a matter of fact it just might be of help. Thanks Judith. Haven't checked any of them-- but Glenbow Archives will be a good start-- Early Professionals?
      They carry just about everything don't they
      Talk to you soon. Thanks again. Donna Coulter
      ----- Original Message -----
      Sent: Friday, February 27, 2004 9:26 PM
      Subject: RE: Doctors

      It doesn't help you - but might help others.... here's a full list of recognized Archives in Alberta:

      In Kinship,
      Judith Rempel

      -----Original Message-----
      From: owner-dist-gen@... [mailto:owner-dist-gen@...]On Behalf Of Donna Coulter
      Sent: Friday, February 27, 2004 2:40 PM
      To: dist-gen@...
      Subject: Doctors

      I am looking for a comprehensive list of Medical practitioners in the High River/ Nanton area.
      I have considered all the very obvious resources  ie: census (1901-1906), directories and newspapers.  local history book. MUST GET THE 1911 CENSUS. !!!!
      Does anyone know if there is a Library for the Alberta Medical Association.
      Would the Legislative Library have such a list?
      Hope someone can help me. Please and thank you.
      Donna Coulter
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