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Heather MacDougall

Born and raised in Toronto where she attended John Ross Robertson Public School and Lawrence Park Collegiate institute, Heather MacDougall, like her parents, siblings, and contemporaries, had personal experience of the services and programs which Toronto's Health Department provided through its immunization programs, dental surveys, and vision testing. After completing her undergraduate and graduate studies in Canadian urban and social history at the University of Toronto in 1981, Dr. MacDougal was asked to prepare a centennial history of Toronto's Health Department. This challenging project entaiiled substantial research into new fields including the history of institutions and and professional groups, federal and provincial health policy in the twentieth century and developments in the field of preventive medicine in the United Kingdom, Canada, and the Unitd States, as well as a careful evaluation of the Health Department's records and the city council's deliberations. This research material has been woven together into this thematic study of the major activities which Health Deaprtment staff have pursued since 1883 and the significant political, economic, and social trends which have affected their work.

Since 1985, Heather MacDougall has been an assistant professor in the History Department of the University of Waterloo.

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Activists and Advocates

Activists and Advocates

Toronto's Health Department 1883-1983
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook
tagged : health policy
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