University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
A black and white photo of a woman, she is standing sideways but looking into the camera, she wears a dark coloured overcoat with silver buttons that run the length of the front of the jacket and appear on the sleeves as well, she is holding a rolled up paper in her hand, she wears a light coloured…
A black and white photo of a woman, she is standing sideways but looking into the camera, she wears a dark coloured overcoat with silver buttons that run the length of the front of the jacket and appear on the sleeves as well, she is holding a rolled up paper in her hand, she wears a light coloured shirt and dark coloured hat, her eyes are light coloured and her dark-coloured hair is tied up under the hat.
Printed on the front: "HUNTER & CO. TORONTO"; handwritten on the back: "Dr. Helen McMurchy // [illeg.] McMurchy // D. Oct. '53, age 91"; printed on the back: "Hunter & Co. // Artists // & // Photographers // 107 // King St West, // Toronto."
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2005-5-7 Assorted Binder A, pg. 21 a
#1: Stable: On the front: slight soiling all over, slight fading of the photo, small tear on upper left edge; on the back: slight soiling.
Helen MacMurchy Born January 7, 1862. Died October 8, 1953. In 1901 Helen graduated with a medical degree from the University of Toronto and interned as the first woman doctor with the Toronto General Hospital. She went on to be the first woman doctor to do post graduate studies at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A. In 1909 she conducted a survey of the high infant death rates experienced in cities at the turn of the century. In 1914 she wrote a popular book, 'A Little Talk About Baby'.
In 1915 she was appointed the inspector of the feeble minded in Ontario. Sadly her actions to persuade the government that eugenics was the answer to preventing degenerate babies led to the wrongful sterilization of many immigrants.
Helen was the first editor of the Canadian Nurses Journal. In 1920 she was placed in charge of the federal government’s new Division of Child Welfare and was responsible for the contents of some of the government published Blue Books with advice on caring for children. These little books were published in multiple languages including Cree.
It was in the 1920’s that she made a special study of medical inspection of schools, child welfare and public health in England and the United States.
In 1934 she was inducted as Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). In 1949 she was named one of the leading women doctors in the western world. In 1997 she was declared a Person of National Historic Significance.
Wood framed rectangular monochromatic panoramic graduation photograph of Hamilton General Hospital Nurses Training School Class of 1946; photograph depicts 93 graduating nursing students in white uniforms arranged in three rows and holding large bouquets of roses; three older nurses in white unifor…
Wood framed rectangular monochromatic panoramic graduation photograph of Hamilton General Hospital Nurses Training School Class of 1946; photograph depicts 93 graduating nursing students in white uniforms arranged in three rows and holding large bouquets of roses; three older nurses in white uniforms and two men in black suits seated in centre of first row; nurses are standing on grass lawn beside a large building; photograph information and studio written across bottom of photograph in white ink; clear glass glaze at front and moulded wooden frame painted black; thin brown paper attached and covered with clear packing tape covers thick brown cardboard backing secured with grey metal brad nails; grey metal mounting wire stretched horizontally across back and attached with grey metal eye screws.
Number Of Parts
Donor is son of original owner: Verna Mae Sproule (1 May 1922 – 2003), Hamilton General Hospital Training School Class 1946. Miss Sproule worked at Kingston General Hospital as scrub nurse for Dr. Bingham.
Year of graduating class; date appears on front of photograph
paper: white, black, brown, tan
On front in white ink: NURSES GRADUATING CLASS - JUNE 5, 1946 // HAMILTON GENERAL HOSPITAL // Cunningham // Studio”
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Unit Of Measure
Length 77.9 cm X Width 19.2 cm X Depth 1.3 cm
Minor scratching and chipping of paint all over frame; minor separation of frame pieces at bottom proper right corner; backing paper covered in clear adhesive packing tape, possibly a previous repair to reattach backing paper; minor separation of adhesive packing tape on short ends of frame back; minor adhesive residue on proper left side of glass glaze.
“Hamilton General Hospital.” History of Health Care in Hamilton, McMaster University, 2020.
This is a graduation photograph of the Hamilton General Hospital Training School Class of 1946. Verna Mae Sproule (1 May 1922 – 2003), the mother of the artifact donor, was a member of the graduating class; Sproule also briefly worked at Kingston General Hospital as a scrub nurse for Dr. Bingham.
The Hamilton General Hospital training school for nurses was an apprenticeship style program that began in 1890; the program was initially two years, but was expanded to a three-year program led by the head nurse and physicians; it involved formal instruction and on the job training; the Hamilton General Hospital School of Nursing discontinued in 1973 when Mohawk College took over the program.