Labrador Doctor: My Life with the Grenfell Mission

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James Lorimer & Company, 1989 - Biography & Autobiography - 225 pages
Driving dog teams through the icy heart of a northern winter, bracing against the flimsy bulkhead of a frail ship battered by storms, removing an appendix on a heaving vessel while bluebottle flies buzz overhead--hard training for a future Lieutenant-Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Such conditions were routine, however, for the pioneering doctors of Sir Wilfrid Grenfell's medical mission. Tony Paddon here recounts the story of his remarkable life--from his Labrador childhood to his time in the RCN during World War Two and his service as a Grenfell doctor operating out of St. Anthony, Newfoundland and North West River, Labrador. Vivid and emotionally powerful, Paddon's book recounts his travels throughout the region by boat, bush plane and dog team, in service of isolated and desperate patients, native and non-native alike.

The fascinating story of a determined and able man, Labrador Doctor recreates a life lived in a primitive, forbidding and astonishingly beautiful northern landscape.
 

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Contents

Grenfells People
1
North West River
14
The Widening World
25
More Education
38
Over the Bounding Main
44
Doctor Curtis and St Anthony
70
A Labrador Cruise
81
Winter at Cartwright
88
Return to North West River
117
Storm
125
Home and Hearth
143
A Hospital Reborn
158
School Days
169
Bush Flying
184
Labradorians
200
Epilogue The Final Years
220

Journal of a Winter DogTeam Trip
97

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About the author (1989)

In 1981 W.A. PADDON was appointed Lieutenant-Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador and held the position until 1986. He died in 1995.

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