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The Romance of Labrador

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Title:The Romance of Labrador
Grenfell, Wilfred T.   
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Northern Neighbours: Stories of the Labrador People
Published:   1934
Publisher:Hodder & Stoughton Limited
Tags:North American indigenous peoples, medicine, non-fiction, travel

This book was written after Sir Wilfred Grenfell had spent 40 years of his life among the people of Newfoundland and Labrador. In the Prologue he says, "This book is an attempt to record the scientific and historic facts about Labrador as far as they are known." He talks about the land, the climate, the history and the life of the people of Labrador.

Sir Wilfred Grenfell was British physician whose extraordinary accomplishments in Newfoundland and Labrador embraced the building of hospitals, orphanages, schools, and small industries where none had existed before. He brought help, hope and an improved standard of living to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador. [Suggest a different description.]

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Author Bio for Grenfell, Wilfred T.

Wilfred Grenfell (1865-1940) was a Scottish doctor who devoted his life to medical service in Newfoundland. He graduated from medical school in 1888 and after listening to a preacher he decided to devote his career to service. He started work with the Nation Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen serving in the North Atlantic. During this time he became an expert sailor. In 1892 he visited Newfoundland to assess the need for medical services. The following year he returned with two doctors and two nurses and setup a hospital in Battle Harbour. Over the next forty years he travelled throughout Newfoundland and Labrador to administer to the inhabitants and visiting sailors. He wrote books and magazine articles to raise funds for his medical mission. He was an excellent publicist and raised funds through promotional tours and speeches. He was knighted in 1927. (Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature)

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