Costs and Benefits of Medical Treatment
A nurse administers radiation therapy to a patient with skin cancer, 1960. The equipment in this photograph hints at the cost of the treatment.
© National Film Board of Canada. Reproduced with the permission of the Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada (2008). Library and Archives Canada, Health League of Canada Fonds, e002414873
This type of heart-lung machine was used in heart surgery in Kingston, Ontario, in the early 1960s. It is another example of the costly new equipment medical advances required.
From the Museum of Health Care at Kingston, 997.030.001 and 997.030.002. Used with permission.
Ace in the hole
The reference is to heart transplantation, a feat that seemed about to defeat the grim reaper. Merle Tingley published this cartoon on December 5, 1967, two days after Dr. Christiaan Barnard performed the first successful transplant in South Africa.
Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1989-157-140, e008440954. © Merle Tingley.
Date Created: March 31, 2010 | Last Updated: April 21, 2010