Manuscript Collection MS COLL00498 - James Douglas Papers

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James Douglas Papers


  • 1851-1909 (Creation)

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1 box (6.5 cm)

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Dr. James Douglas, born in Scotland, began his medical studies at age 13. When he moved to Quebec City in 1826, he established a reputation as one of the most skilled physicians in Lower Canada. A pioneer of 19th-century medicine, he was an innovator in public health, vaccination, medical education and regulation, although it was in the care for the mentally ill that he made his reputation. He died in 1886.

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Collection includes drafts of letters written by Dr. James Douglas in response to the Report of Drs. Nelson and MacConnell concerning an official enquiry into the state and management of affairs at the Quebec Marine and Emigrant Hospital, and correspondence from J. Leslie, provincial secretary, related to same.

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Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form:

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  • English
  • French

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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