Category: Healthcare

Up until the first hospital was erected in Kitchener Waterloo in 1885, the Physician of the House was the only person caring for the residents of the House. Often times, he would have the assistance of a "hospital nurse" to help care for patients and clean up after them. Most of the House physicians held their position for many years as they were only instructed to make house visits once a week or in cases of emergencies. The main responsibilities of the physician was to attend to all cases of sickness that occur, note down all cases treated by him and write up the death certificates for any inmates that died while in his care, and examine any inmates who are sick upon arriving at the House. Often times, the physicians made recommendations to the County Council in order to improve sanitation and well-being for the inmates. Below are the stories of several physicians that came to work in the House of Industry and Refuge.

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