Canadian Military History Gateway
Organization > National Defence
Subject > Soldiers, Warriors and Leaders > Roles and Professions > Doctor
This report deals with the Canadian Base Depot, and in particular with the work of men attached to the Depot during the heavy air raids on Merseyside, England during the early part of May, 1941.
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The French military medical services provided New France with its doctors. Physicians were very rare, while the lesser-qualified surgeons were more common. These medical professionals cared for civilian and soldier alike.
Sir Eugène Fiset (1874-1951) was a doctor, soldier, Deputy Minister of Defence, Member of Parliament, and Lieutenant Governor. (Private collection)
Alcohol was the only escape from a highly regulated life for many British soldiers during the 18th and 19th centuries. As a result, drunkenness and alcoholism were common. With roughly 90% of the men bachelors, prostitution and venereal disease were also big problems.
A group of Anglican nuns from Toronto served in a 40-bed hospital in Moose Jaw during the Northwest Rebellion of 1885. They cared for sick and wounded from the battles of Batoche and Fish Creek. Twelve women in all were part of the first organized body of female nurses in Canadian military history. Note the group of wounded patients at centre, two of whom have lost an arm.