John Wilson and The Hector Monument

By Dr. T. Jock Murray and Janet Murray For The Advocate As the crowd gathered in Pictou’s Market Square on 17 July, 1923, for the 150th anniversary celebrations of the landing of the ship Hector, a Pictou County gentleman, John Wilson, sat quietly, waiting for the statue to be unveiled. The Canadian Press reported that,...

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Ann Advocate Says …

By Dr. T. Jock Murray Shortly after her husband became the editor and publisher of The Pictou Advocate, Nonie Murray began to write two weekly columns, Ann Advocate Says… for the adult readers and The Golden Rule Club, signed by Aunt Betty, for the children. Previously there had been a column in the Pictou Advocate...

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Like Father, like son

By Dr. To Jock Murray and Janet Murray George Mercer Dawson (1849-1901) Young George Dawson had two obstacles to overcome in his effort to succeed as a geologist. His father, Sir William Dawson, was internationally famous as a geologist, anthropologist and educator. And at age 11, he developed tuberculosis that involved his spine, a form...

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Climate change and your health

By Dr. T. Jock Murray and Janet Murray Remember the story of the frog and hot water? If you put a frog in boiling water he immediately jumps out, but put it in tepid water, and slowly heat the water, the frog passively sits there until he dies. We are slowly boiling frogs in a...

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Some early Pictou physicians

Dr. T. Jock Murray and Janet Murray When settlers first came to Pictou from Philadelphia on the brigantine Betsy in 1767, six years before the Hector, there was a physician on board, Dr. John Harris, who was the agent of the Philadelphia Company. On the day of arrival he delivered his wife of a son...

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What ever happened to that medical breakthrough?

By Dr. T. Jock Murray and Janet Murray For The Advocate It seems like every week we read of another exciting “breakthrough” in medicine. Along with the announcement of the “breakthrough” comes the hope that this one will lead to changes in treatment and will bring great benefits to so many sufferers… even a cure....

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Music and the Brain

By Dr. T. Jock Murray For The Advocate I was concerned when I saw Janet with tears running down her face. We were in a music store in Charleston and she was standing by a wall of CDs and earphones. She explained that she was listening to Martha Argerich playing Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto and...

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Things, they are a-changin’

Medicine during my career (Part 1) By Dr. T. Jock Murray For The Advocate The Good (?) Old Days When I entered medical school in 1958, it seemed an exciting time to become a physician. There were new vaccines, dramatic surgeries, psychiatric drugs, early pacemakers, and the first kidney transplants. The concept of a randomized...

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What do you do when the leader can’t lead? Then and now

By Dr. Jock Murray Special to The Advocate It is not surprising that national leaders sometimes get incapacitated while in office. Many are older and subject to all the ills we all encounter. Some also have personality characteristics that make them prone to other stresses. It is a rich field of study. Intelligence agencies in...

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