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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Major advances in medicine in the 19th Century — The Pictou Connections

By Dr. T. Jock Murray and Janet Murray For The Advocate Two of the major advances in medicine and surgery were anesthesia and antisepsis. Both had interesting Pictou connections. J.D.B. Fraser and the early use of chloroform James Daniel Bain Fraser was an energetic, creative and entrepreneurial man with many interests and activities. Early life...

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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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Planning for a healthier community: The determinants of health

By Dr. T. Jock Murray and Janet Murray For The Advocate In a previous column I talked about the opportunities to reform the health care system in the post Covid-19 pandemic. We have to focus on the determinants of health. The medical care model concentrates on better health outcomes for the individual, but the determinants...

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