By Pat Sandiford Grygier
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Extra resources for A Long Way from Home: The Tuberculosis Epidemic among the Inuit
17 Dr McKone describes an experimental post-sanatorium program based on an appreciation of the effects of nonmedical factors on health and the need to treat the whole person instead of just his symptoms. The Veterans' Lodge employed doctors, nurses, rehabilitation workers, qualified teachers, occupational therapists, psychologists, social workers, and chaplains. A series of individual assessments of a patient in the first week culminated in a case conference, after which the patient was assigned to a course of his own choice.
Beginning in 1921, surveys were made of samples of schoolchildren across the country, university students, hard-rock miners in Ontario, and some Indian groups in the western provinces. Nurses in training, medical students, and teachers were among the early groups surveyed. Sanatorium nurses were particularly at risk; according to a Saskatchewan study, 60 per cent of female employees became infected with TB during their first year of service. In 1939 the federal government introduced x-ray examination of all recruits to the armed forces (and, in 1947, of people applying to be immigrants); one-third of i per cent of recruits were found to have active tuberculosis.
7 Large family igloos might have up to four cells, or smaller igloos, attached in line to the main one and joined by entrance holes. "Trail" igloos - which are still used by hunters today - are rarely more than 3 metres across. In the early 19505, after the DEW-line stations had been set up, many of the Inuit homes near them were made from old packing cases insulated with snow blocks or simply snowed under. In some places, the winter dwellings were built of stone that was covered with moss and banked up with snow.
A Long Way from Home: The Tuberculosis Epidemic among the Inuit by Pat Sandiford Grygier