David S. Crawford, B.A., Dip.Lib. Stud., F.C.L.I.P.
This page provides some background information on David S. Crawford and his current and past research interests. It includes links to recent articles and to work in process.
This bibliography is based, with their permission and the permission of the publishers, Associated Medical Services, on the Annotated bibliography of Canadian medical periodicals, 1826-1975 by Charles Roland and Paul Potter.The original book, published in 1979, has been extensively revised, expanded and updated and information on titles on nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, chiropractic and other health disciplines has been added.
This bibliography, a work-in-progress, attempts to list all separately published histories of Canadian hospitals, schools of nursing and faculties of medicine.
This bibliography, which was last updated in January 2014, was an attempt to list all currently published e-journals, with research content, which specialize in the history of the health sciences. It did not attempt to list journals with occasional history of medicine articles nor those with only a history of medicine section. Titles which did not issue the e-version at approximately the same time as the print version were excluded. In due course it will be removed from this website.
McGill Medical Graduates 1833-1877 and their theses
Medical Licences issued in Ontario and Quebec prior to 1867
This is a reproduction (pdf files) of the editorial content of the printed Bibliotheca Osleriana and contains a list of Bibliotheca items that are not, yet, listed in McGill University's online catalogue. It does not reproduce the actual catalogue entries for the approximately 8000 items in the Bibliotheca. With the exception of the few items noted, these are all in the McGill University Library's online catalogue. McGill-Queen's University Press has issued the full Bibliotheca Osleriana as an e-book. It is freely available HERE.
Canadians who graduated in medicine from Edinburgh University 1809-1840 This is a work-in-progress, comments very welcome. The work, as of May 2013, was published in the Osler Library Newsletter # 118 . An addendum to this printed list appeared in the Osler Library Newsletter #120, Spring 2014; additional updates will appear only on this website.
Canadians who graduated in medicine from Edinburgh University 1841-1868
Miss Charlton was the first trained librarian to work at the McGill University Medical Library, where she was the Assistant Librarian from 1895-1914. In 1898 she was one of the founders of the Association of Medical Librarians (which became the Medical Library Association in 1907). She was recognized as a 'person of national historic significance" by the Government of Canada and the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada in 2003. On May1, 2006, the 75th anniversary of her death, an official "historic person" plaque in her honour was unveiled; it was finally erected outside McGill University's McIntyre Medical Sciences Building in 2012.
A brief history of the China Medical University (CMU) in Shenyang, China and its links with McGill University and the Crawford family. David Crawford is an Honorary Research Librarian at CMU.
Agatha Randal Crawford was an Irish doctor and teacher who worked in Mukden (Shenyang) China from 1945-1949. Her letters home from this period have been digitised and are available, along with some additional information on her life and her time in China.
George Duncan Gibb
Pierre De Sales Laterrière
William Leslie Logie was McGill University's first graduate and the first medical graduate in Canada: he graduated in May 1833. A brief article about his life and the difficulty he had receiving a licence to practice in Quebec appeared in the Osler Library Newsletter No. 109, May 2008, pp. 1-7.
A short article on this short-lived Association (whose first and only President was William Osler) appeared in the December 2004 issue of Health Information and Libraries - the official journal of the Health Libraries Group of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. (2004, Vol. 21, pp. 266-268). The published Proceedings of the first Annual Meeting of this short-lived Association are difficult to find; they are reproduced here.
Mukden Medical College, founded in 1911 in Mukden (now Shenyang) China, was absorbed by the China Medical University in 1949. A history of the College was published, in two parts, in the Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. Vol. 36:1 (March 2006) and Vol. 36:2 (June 2006).
Ontario Medical Library Association
Osler Library of the History of Medicine, McGill University
Robert Todd Reynolds
A short article on Robert Todd Reynolds (MD, McGill, 1836) is in press for the Osler Library Newsletter; publication is expected in spring 2017.
Eric Benzel and Terence Sparham. A brief article on the two Sparham brothers who graduated from McGill in the mid-nineteenth century. Eric Benzel Sparham was convicted of murder. Osler Library Newsletter 123, Fall 2015 pp 4-5.
Stratford was a physician; born in England in 1802,. He died, in New Zealand, in 1871. From 1831 to 1854 he lived in Canada (in Woodstock and Toronto) and he was the editor of the Upper Canada journal of medical, surgical and physical science for about a year just before he left the country. In 1828, when he was only 26 years old, he published a well-received textbook on ophthalmology. (A manual of the anatomy, physiology, & diseases of the eye and its appendages.) A short article on Stratford appeared in the Osler Library Newsletter, No 114 2010 pp. 4-7
James Watson, a graduate of Edinburgh University, was the first Western medical practitioner in northeastern China; he worked in Newchwang from 1865-1884 as a member of the Medical Service of the Imperial Chinese Maritime Customs. A brief article on his life appeared in the Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. Vol.36:4, 2006. pp. 362-365
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