A Darkened House: Cholera in Nineteenth-Century Canada by Geoffrey Bilson

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Returns to the Quebec Board of Health give a figure of 3,451 dead. Robert Nelson estimated that 4,000 died in Montreal and district alone. C. '44 Recent studies by social historians of Lower Canada suggest the impact that the epidemic had in the province. 7 per thousand in the province, and to 74 per thousand in Montreal and 82 per thousand in Quebec. This compared with an average annual mortality of 37 per thousand. Contemporaries were right when they said that these rates exceeded those of any European city.

In the first panic of the epidemic the board of health seized the emigrant sheds at St Anne Common. One of the sheds had no floor and for days patients lay 'on straw... exposed indiscriminately to the open windows and doors - men, women and children, the convalescent, dying and the dead laid in an irregu- 28 A Darkened House lar line along the sides of the building/ According to another commentator the hospital offered its patients only the chance to 'die beneath a roof instead of the canopy of heaven/ In the second week of the epidemic a cholera hospital was opened on rue St Denis.

10 In Montreal no plans had been made for hospitals before 9 June. In the first panic of the epidemic the board of health seized the emigrant sheds at St Anne Common. One of the sheds had no floor and for days patients lay 'on straw... exposed indiscriminately to the open windows and doors - men, women and children, the convalescent, dying and the dead laid in an irregu- 28 A Darkened House lar line along the sides of the building/ According to another commentator the hospital offered its patients only the chance to 'die beneath a roof instead of the canopy of heaven/ In the second week of the epidemic a cholera hospital was opened on rue St Denis.

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