May 2, 2014

Legendary Newfoundland doctor

Mission: the Extraordinary Adventures of Sir Wilfred Grenfell
by Colleen Shannahan

On Easter Sunday 1908, Dr. Wilfred Grenfell and seven sled dogs were hurrying to save a boy's life. Taking what he thought was a shortcut across a frozen bay, Grenfell soon found himself drifting out to sea on a disintegrating pan of ice. 

The dramatic account of his survival and rescue is interspersed with the story of Grenfell's life and how he cared for the people living in remote Newfoundland and Labrador communities. With drawings and historic photographs, the book illuminates a key part of Canadian history when doctors and hospitals were nearly nonexistent.

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