Stay Home and Read Quarantine
Public libraries across Nova Scotia are providing unlimited access to 5 Atlantic Canadian eBooks from their Read Local collections. All you need is your free library card.
If you use the Libby app, you’ll see a link to download the eBook at the top of the page. You can also visit halifax.overdrive.com if you are a Halifax Public Libraries user, and novascotia.overdrive.com if you use another Nova Scotia Public Library.
Quarantine by Ian Arthur Cameron (Nimbus New World Publishing)
Halifax | Nova Scotia
Coming April 30: In Quarantine: What is Old is New – Halifax and the Lawlor’s Island Quarantine Station 1866-1938, historian and medical doctor Ian Arthur Cameron has produced a gripping history of quarantine in Canada, a timely topic right now. Now in its second international edition, it’s a story of the early years of immigration to Canada, and of marine transportation with wooden ships sailing reluctantly into the age of steam. It also details significant aspects of the history of Canada, Nova Scotia and Halifax, and recounts the story of contagious disease in the 19th-20th centuries. Lawlor’s Island in Halifax was the largest, year-round quarantine station in Canada, which served this country for over 80 years. It is also about more than the past, dealing with the future of diseases we face today, including SARS, West Nile fever, Zika, Swine Flu (H1N1), the feared influenza pandemics, and now in 2020 the coronavirus COVID-19.
About the author: Born and raised in Truro, Nova Scotia, Ian Arthur Cameron received a bachelor of arts (B.A., major in history) from Mount Allison University; M.D. from Dalhousie University; CCFP and FCFP from the College of Family Physicians of Canada. He has practiced medicine in the Queen Charlotte Islands, B.C., Fredericton, N.B., and he has been a Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Mississippi (Jackson) and Mercer University (Macon, Georgia). Since 1979 he has been a Professor of Family Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine, Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Ian went into semi-retirement with a medical practice in the village of Sherbrooke on the Eastern Shore of his native province, moving to full retirement just recently.
President of the Dalhousie Society for the History of Medicine since 1984, Dr. Cameron’s major area of interest is quarantine. He and his wife, Beverley have four daughters.
- “New Book Explores Lawlor’s Island Quarantine Station” (Doukhobor Genealogy Website)
- Review: “Quarantine lessons from islands to airports” (Canadian Medical Association Journal)
- Additional information on Lawlor’s island: https://pier21.ca/blog/sschwinghamer/lawlors-island-survey
Tune in for a live on Tuesday, May 5th at 12 pm, when ABT’s managing editor Chris Benjamin will interview Ian Arthur Cameron on Facebook Live: