Good news for those of you interested in the history of medicine or health - the Kellogg Health Sciences Library at Dalhousie University, Halifax, has created a detailed index to the Maritime Medical News. http://www.library.dal.ca/Kellogg/Digital/Collections/MaritimeMedicalNewsIndex/
The Maritime Medical News began publication in Halifax in 1888 with the collaboration of several physicians from the Maritimes. In 1911, after 22 years of publication, it merged with the Montreal Medical Journal to become the Canadian Medical Association Journal – still in publication today, and considered to be Canada’s premier medical journal.
You can find the complete run of the Maritime Medical News (1888-1910) at Early Canadiana Online: http://canadiana.org/ECO/ItemRecord/8_05184?id=b5ed190fc747652f (As is the case for all of our medical periodicals, it is open access to all!)
If you are saying to yourself that you have no interest in the history of medicine, a quick browse through the index might just change your mind. Some topics that immediately caught my eye: eugenics, the uses and abuses of cocaine, euthanasia, menopause, treatment of mental disorders, medical ethics and beef tea (not sure why that one didn’t catch on!)
The Index is an excellent research tool and congratulations to all involved! A special thanks to the Project Coordinator, Tim Ruggles, for helping us to complete our online collection of this important journal. And as always, appreciation to David Crawford, Librarian Emeritus, McGill University, for his behind-the-scenes work in helping us at Canadiana.org in our aim to create the most complete online collection of early Canadian medical journals possible!