Capturing an Era
By: Edward F. J. Lake, RN (Retired)
Capturing An Era is unique in that it is the first book to present the history of the entire Newfoundland Cottage Hospital System. Unlike most history books, it is not just about mundane statistical data; it is also about the life of the cottage hospitals, and the lives — of patients, non-patients, and staff — that they affected for more than half a century. Capturing An Era is:
About the doctors, nurses, administrators, and all the support staff who gave the buildings life and provided a system of quality health care that never before existed.
About the hospital ships that augmented a distinctive system and brought quality health care to the most remote regions of Newfoundland.
About the Public Health system that was an extension of the cottage hospitals and provided quality health care to the many communities which were not located in the immediate areas of the hospitals.
About the health care system that was the forerunner of the present-day system that all Newfoundlanders, and Labradorians, now take for granted.
An official history composed of archival documentation, personal accounts of former cottage hospital staff members, and an eclectic selection of documents and photographs.
An extensive and thorough formal chronicle of a distinctive and distinguishing Newfoundland era, the likes of which will never be seen again.
It is appropriate that the publication of Capturing An Era took place in 2010 because it is the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the Newfoundland Cottage Hospital System, and the 74th anniversary of the opening of the first seven cottage hospitals. Capturing An Era is a history book like no other! At the end of each chapter on a cottage hospital, there are entries containing the memories or statements by people who either worked at or had strong connections with that particular cottage hospital. Capturing An Era is sure to be a wonderful resource on Newfoundland health care for generations to come.
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