- The Value of a Nurse
By Kathleen MacMillan, PhD, FAAN, FCAN
It may be that the pandemic is the last nail in the coffin of nurse exploitation. The health of the nation as we recover from the pandemic may depend on how we decide to support professional nursing services. Our ability to meet a similar challenge in the future will be significantly compromised if we fail.
- Diary of a critical care doctor: Preface
By Sean Bagshaw
On February 27, 2020, I started a journal, not sure where such writings would lead. While I have written many scientific papers and reports, I had never journaled before … These writings also reflect my perspectives as a frontline critical care physician, as a scientist and researcher, as a medical leader and importantly, as a son of ageing parents, a husband and a father of small children.
- Imagining Public Health in the Early 19th Century
By Julia M. Wright
Writers with political interests, such as Equiano, Shelley, and Morgan, recognized institutional and cultural barriers to effective public health. Before they could see viruses under a microscope, they knew that more could be done to reduce the spread of disease.
- Diary of the Cholera Horror in Liverpool
By Savannah McLeod-Petit
It was the year of 1832, May 17th to be exact, when the distemper had begun in Liverpool.
- ‘Bring out the Burkers!’
By Ruby Appelhans
Cholera is a frightening bacterial disease that could become fatal in as little as twelve hours. Today, we have a better understanding of this infection due to modern medicine and technology,
- Does Cholera Now Prevail?
By Catherine St. John
After 1849 I had hoped to never see Asiatic Cholera in London again. The hospitals have been filling up with cases since last year. There’s been a substantial outbreak that began in Saint James’s parish roughly five days ago, and many are already dead.
- On the Line: Love and Rage and Pandemics
By Esyllt Jones
One of my unfinished pandemic-era tasks has been to write a short biographical piece on Helen Jury Armstrong, the organizer of working class women, and the embodiment of love and fire in the Winnipeg General Strike. Here, I explore how the influenza pandemic highlighted her unique brand of labour activism.
- Postage & Pestilence
By Cyril Gryfe
Postage stamps, with their mass reproduction and global dissemination, provide a means to promote awareness for a wide range of public health issues — nationally and internationally. As a consequence, reference to contagious diseases such as influenza, measles, whooping cough, HIV/AIDS, SARS etc. can be found in the design of many postage stamps
- Pandemic Perspectives: a Conversation about Hamnet and Judith
Literary scholar Judith Owens and political economist Lynn Fernandez discuss O’Farrell’s moving plague novel.
- “Carried Away”: Alice Munro and History
By Esyllt Jones
A century ago, people living through World War I, the global influenza pandemic, and waves of social unrest experienced a world in turmoil. These world-historical events must have been interconnected, and those connections must have affected people’s lives.
- On pandemic history and pandemic amnesia
By Esyllt Jones
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic there has been an outpouring of commentary from disease historians.
- Containing Infection and Rebellion at Panama’s Palo Seco Leprosarium
By Caroline Lieffers
When the United States of America took control of the Panama Canal Zone in 1904, there were widespread reports of about a dozen people with Hansen’s disease—more often called leprosy—living in seclusion on the outskirts of Panama City.
- Pandemics and the Epidemiological Triangle
By Lawrence Elliott
During a particularly bad wave of Covid-19 in his province, one Canadian premier declared to the assembled media, “Covid is evil.”