A history of health & medicine in Queensland, 1824-1960

Patrick, Ross A history of health & medicine in Queensland, 1824-1960. St. Lucia, Qld. ; London ; New York: University of Queensland Press, 1987.

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Author Patrick, Ross
Title A history of health & medicine in Queensland, 1824-1960
Place of Publication St. Lucia, Qld. ; London ; New York
Publisher University of Queensland Press
Publication year 1987
Sub-type Other
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
ISBN 0702220787
Language eng
Total number of pages 561
Subjects 430101 History - Australian
1117 Public Health and Health Services
320100 Medicine - General
Formatted Abstract/Summary

To compile a comprehensive history of the development of health and medical services in Queensland over a 136-year period requires more than painstaking time-consuming research: it requires specialized knowledge of a complex subject and a dedication that comes from commitment and professionalism.

Dr Ross Patrick, a former director-general of Health in Queensland for many years, is one such dedicated professional whose personal contribution and commitment to the growth of our health and medical services make him the ideal person to write A History of Health and Medicine in Queensland: 1824-1960. This book, destined surely to become a valuable reference, traces the emergence and development of health and medical services from fairly primitive beginnings in the state's pioneering days.

It records the problems and pitfalls encountered in the early days through to the significant breakthroughs that helped future generations of Queenslanders to live in comparative comfort in the outback and in the steamy tropics, once considered alien environments for Europeans.

The book traces not only medical achievements and personal sacrifices, but also the history of centralized, institutionalized medicine and health services in Queensland, and shows the steady -- sometimes dramatic -- improvements that have been attained since 1824.

One small instance: the infant mortality rate, a commonly-used indicator of community health, fell from 140 per one thousand live births in the 1860s to 20 per thousand in the 1960s.

As Queensland's minister for Health in the 1980s, a time when medicine seems almost daily to be making new breakthroughs -- with heart and kidney transplants, and the like -- I am pleased to be associated with a significant literary and historical event that was initiated by my predecessor, Dr (Sir) Llew Edwards some eight years ago.
Keyword Medicine -- Queensland -- History -- 19th century
Medicine -- Queensland -- History -- 20th century
Medical care -- Queensland -- History -- 19th century
Medical care -- Queensland -- History -- 20th century
Medical laws and legislation -- Queensland -- History -- 19th century
Medical laws and legislation -- Queensland -- History -- 20th century
Queensland -- History
Q-Index Code AX
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