DURBAN’s iconic 109-year old former mission hospital, McCord, is the subject of a carefully-documented, thoroughly-researched, and highly readable book which was launched at Killie Campbell on Saturday morning.
The People’s Hospital: A History of McCords, Durban, 1890s-1970s was written by Julie Parle and Vanessa Noble and published by the Natal Society Foundation Trust.
In recent years a provincially-run specialist eye hospital, McCord Hospital was founded in 1909 by missionaries Dr James McCord and his wife Margaret. It became one of the three most important hospitals in South Africa. For 100 years it was globally recognised as providing principled, quality, holistic, affordable health-care.
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McCord Hospital played a vital role in opening professional midwifery, nursing and medical training for black South Africans.
The authors recount McCord Hospital’s many important achievements and look deeply and critically into the obstacles it faced and the difficult choices that sometimes had to be made. Their book is both a history of a landmark Durban medical institution and of a rapidly changing South Africa, told through the eyes of those who sought to change it through compassion and commitment to health-care.
The entire book is available from the NSFT website as a free download: www.natalia.org.za/NSF_books/McCordHospital.html.
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