Fonds - Dr. Donald Paterson fonds

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Dr. Donald Paterson fonds

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  • 1920-1956 (Creation)
    Paterson, Donald Dr.

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6 cm of textual records

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Dr. Donald Paterson M.B. (Edin.), M.R.C.P. (London) was born in Canada in 1890. As a young man he went to Edinburgh to study medicine. After qualifying, he moved to London, where worked at the renowned Great Ormond Street and Westminster Hospitals. He became a leading figure in British Paediatrics and was instrumental in founding the British Paediatric Association in 1928. He authored numerous studies on childhood sickness which were published in medical journals around the world. In 1946 he founded the Health Care Centre for Children in Vancouver, B.C. In 1954, while working as a consulting Paediatrician for the Handicapped Children’s Registry in British Columbia, he convened a meeting for all persons who were interested in the advancement of mentally retarded children. This led to the creation the Association of the Retarded Children of BC (now known as the British Columbia Association for Community Living). Dr. Paterson died in 1968.

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Fonds consists of Dr. Paterson’s publications, corespondence, and clippings relating to Dr. Paterson’s career. It is arranged in three series: Publications, Correspondence, and Clippings.

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Dr. Paterson’s medical instruments are housed at the BCMA Medical Museum.

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British Columbia Medical Association Archives

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November 10, 2012

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