Death and the Chaste Apprentice

Death and the Chaste Apprentice

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The co-operative spirit of citizens in twentieth-century Saskatchewan nurtured innovation in health care and health policy. 36 Steps on the Road to Medicare showcases the decisions that led to the province's medicare system - the forerunner of Canadian health care. Stuart Houston and Merle Massie document the range of Saskatchewan leadership on Canadian, North American, and world stages: municipal doctors and municipal hospitals, the first Red Cross Outpost Hospital in the British Empire, tuberculosis diagnosis and treatment, a successful pilot comprehensive regional health care plan, government-sponsored cancer clinics, innovative LSD and patient-oriented treatment for psychoses, the first full-time cancer physicist in Canada, and the world's first concerted clinical use of the betatron and Cobalt-60 in cancer treatment. They show how North America's first social-democratic government, the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation - elected in 1944 and led by the incomparable Tommy Douglas - created the blueprint for comprehensive health care and how sequential steps on the road to medicare were implemented quickly and within budget. When federal support for national hospitalization became available, Saskatchewan could afford to initiate medicare in 1962. Other Canadian provinces soon followed Saskatchewan's lead. Updated to engage with current debates, 36 Steps on the Road to Medicare navigates the history of medicare and demonstrates the spirit of innovation that Canada will need to save it.
Publisher: [New York] : Felony & Mayhem, 2007, c1989.
Edition: Felony & Mayhem edition
ISBN: 9781933397634
Branch Call Number: M BARNARD
Characteristics: 227 pages ; 19 cm.


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Nov 02, 2014

Robert Barnard is no longer with us, but his books are still great reading. This one is the first of a series featuring Charlie Peace, who plays a small, but key role, in finding the murderer. The characterizations of the actors and singers involved in the festival that is central to the plot are so accurate that the lead detective's attitude, when he finds that he'll be trying to get clues by interviewing these "arty types", is fully justified. Everyone seems to have something to hide, so sorting it all out is great fun for the reader, if not for the police. I was completely surprised to find out "whodunit".


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