[7][8][9][10] Some of the community were shocked by the fact that Smith and Lucy were unmarried when they arrived in Rawene, though they were subsequently married. Person. [48][49][50] She later completed her medical degree in 1963 and practised in New Zealand and Australia in the area of child, student and women's health. And what was the point in doing this if the effect was merely to poison the present? [1], Smith and Lucy Scott arrived in Rawene in September 1914. Think of it that way. [17][18] The new hospital was built on time and within budget and was opened by the Minister of Health in March 1928. He was born in Nairn, Scotland in 1882, emigrating to New Zealand in 1914. He was born in Nairn, Scotland in 1882, emigrating to New Zealand in 1914. A government Commission of Inquiry into Maternity Services in 1937 included an investigation of anaesthetic practices. Bride wears turquoise blue", "Rawene Hospital leads the way in painless childbirth", "Renowned Scottish author Alexander McCall Smith has link with Northland", "Smith advocated for national health scheme. From time to time we may contact you with surveys so that we can get to know you better. He emigrated to Rawene in New Zealand in 1914 with one of his patients, Lucy Scott. [31] During World War 2, with the threat of a Japanese invasion, Smith stockpiled medical supplies, seriously depleting the nation's supplies. Alexander McCall Smith, The Kalahari Typing School for Men If your ceiling should fall down, then you have lost a room, but gained a courtyard. In 1907 he married Barbara Grieve with whom he had two sons and two daughters. He did not attend her wedding to Peter Irwin, an Air Force officer, and she was given away by Sir Douglas Robb. He was responsible for creating a co-operative medical service and the Hokianga Special Area integrating medical and nursing services as well as hospital and community services, laying the foundation for the health service in the Hokianga. Wedding Our daughter, Lucy, was married last weekend. Alexander Mccall Smith Alexander Mccall Smith Born August 24, 1948, in Bulawayo, Rhodesia (later Zimbabwe); married Elizabeth Parry (a physician), 1982; children: Lucy, Emily. You can unsubscribe from the AMS newsletter at any time via the link in any email we send you. [32], During the 1918 flu epidemic Smith ordered the police to prevent visitors from entering the area, in an attempt to stop the spread of the disease. Newman refused on the grounds that widespread closure of schools was not effective in dealing with the epidemic, and school teachers and shopkeepers also refused to take orders from Smith. [12][13], The Health Department required all hospitals to have special isolation beds for infectious diseases cases, in particular tuberculosis (TB). Alexander McCall Smith, The Right Attitude to Rain We shall change all thatbecause it is possible to change the world, if one is determined enough, and if one sees with sufficient clarity just what has to be changed. 331 - Hokianga - Backblock Medical Service, Hokianga Health - the First Hundred Years - Te Rautau Tuatahi, Report of the Committee of Inquiry into Maternity Services 1938, "Irwin-Smith. [3] He trained Lucy to be his anaesthetist. Smith raised money from the community and in 1915 he closed in the hospital verandah and increased the number of hospital beds, even though he had no intention of treating infectious diseases patients in his hospital. The Council's decision may have been related to some Council members finding Smith troublesome or his personal affairs. [21][22] The election of the Labour government in 1935 with its policy of a state medical service was an opportunity for Smith to promote his views. Consultations, pharmaceuticals, investigations and hospital admissions would be free. [26] The Commission examined Smith's practice, noting Smith had made a special study of painless childbirth, and found his results could not be bettered. Smith in the Hokianga, Weekly Review no. Maternity Services. Under this scheme all doctors, in the hospital and community, would be paid salaries by the Hospital Board. [36] Smith always maintained that treating TB cases in sanatoria was ineffective and that the incidence of TB would be reduced by improving living standards, particularly diet and housing, and using effective drug treatment. Remarkable features Hokianga doctor concerned", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=George_Marshall_McCall_Smith&oldid=976952306, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, The education of the Maori: (report of a lecture given at Kaikohe to the Native School Teachers' Association) (1921), Nurses in a co-operative clinic medical service / address delivered by G.M. [15][16] After the divorce matter and local body elections Smith set about planning a new hospital. Alexander McCall Smith reads two new poems for one of his favourite bookshops, Success in the International Photography Awards, Isabel Dalhousie and the Sunday Philosophy Club, Precious Childrens Series / Precious Ramotswe Mysteries for Young Readers, Childrens books that are not part of a series. And was that what had happened? Explore historical records and family tree profiles about Lucy McCall on MyHeritage, the world's family history network. for regular news about AMS, updates on his books and occasionally giveaways. [30], Smith practised some unconventional cures: using cod liver oil and vaseline on dressings to give a non-stick covering, wrapping simple fractures in newspaper casts which could be easily removed, inventing a 'black box' which was placed over the head of anaesthetised patients to raise CO2, refuting the need to eat green vegetables, rejection of circumcision, and encouraging schools to serve sheep-head broth to the children. When you are with somebody you love the smallest, smallest things can be so important, so amusing because love transforms the world, everything. I accompanied her and gave her hand to her husband-to-be. Health Scheme Lecture", "State Inquiry. [47], Smith and Lucy had two children, Jock and Janet. [5] He advocated for a special currency as a solution to unemployment. After delays, partly due to the war, opposition from the medical profession and protracted negotiations with the government, the Hokianga Special Area was set up in September 1941. Click on a label to prioritize search results according to that topic: Smith was not only a doctor but also a campaigner. We shall change all thatbecause it is possible to change the world, if one is determined enough, and if one sees with sufficient clarity just what has to be changed. She was a health and social activist and died in 2009. [38][39], In 1948 following a committee of inquiry into the death of a child in his care, Smith and Lucy resigned even though the committee's report cleared Smith of wrongdoing. It was a remote community in the Hokianga, the population was impoverished and 60% Mori. [45][46], Smith was a convert to Social Credit policies and began a Hokianga party branch, later becoming president of New Zealand Social Credit. [25], In the early 1930s Smith began to practice twilight sleep for women in childbirth using Nembutal and hyoscine (Scopolamine). George McCall Smith was born in Nairn, Scotland on 13 November 1882. [6] Smith's divorce was widely reported in British and New Zealand newspapers. His single-mindedness gave him the strength to succeed, yet in the end ironically, it contributed to his eventual loss of self-confidence and consequent resignation".[53]. Find Happiness within the pages of an Alexander McCall Smith book>, 'Prescription for a soul that feels the world is too hard a place to bear SMSA, Sydney. [2] Smith was appointed Surgeon Superintendent at Rawene Hospital for which he was paid 300 a year. If your ceiling should fall down, then you have lost a room, but gained a courtyard. [27][28][29] The Commission recorded 108 maternity cases at Rawene in the year (including 36 Mori), but only seven maternity beds. [4] Some years later Lucy's qualifications and ability to be an anaesthetist were questioned but the local Hospital Board considered that she was qualified by her experience. Public resentment", "Wife Secures Divorce. [43][44] He recognised the need for local people to have an income and promoted growing tobacco as a cash crop, however the scheme was a failure. [34][35] Smith's management of TB cases was called into question in 1946 when patients died in their own homes, putting other family members at risk. Committee Set Up", "Trouble at Rawene. Jock died in 1932. See the complete profile on LinkedIn and discover Lucys connections and jobs at similar companies. [33] In 1933 an epidemic of a febrile illness broke out in Rawene and Smith ordered all shops and schools to be closed, assisted by the police. George Marshall McCall Smith (18821958) was a notable New Zealand doctor, medical superintendent and community leader. [5], In 1921 the Hokianga County Council, which ran the Hospital Board, introduced cost-cutting measures which included terminating Smith and Lucy's employment and readvertising Smith's job at 100 a year. Who is Lucy McCall Smith? The farming venture was unsuccessful and the land was later leased and then sold to the government. He completed his medical degree at the University of Edinburgh, and then went into general practice in Strathmiglo, Fife and Perth. People were forever digging up events that had taken place a long time ago. Hospital doctor dismissed. [6][11] The community rallied in support of Smith, presenting a 750 signature petition to the Board, and he was reappointed at his original salary. [14] By the following year it was clear that the hospital resources were inadequate and in 1920, although some facilities had been improved, he began lobbying for a better water supply. [51], The writer Alexander McCall Smith, Smith's grandson, visited Rawene Hospital in 2014. 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