Christian Belcourt was a doctor in Ferryland, Newfoundland, from 1959 to 1962, during the early days of outreach medicine. He grew up in a sub-tropical climate in Mauritius, surrounded by beautiful beaches, abundant fauna, and lush flora. French being his mother tongue, not only did he have to overcome the difficulties of language when he landed in Ferryland, he also had to apply his British training to the life of a doctor in an outport without a hospital and adapt to challenges of isolation and rigorous winters.
After further training in Radiology in Ottawa and Boston, Christian worked at the IWK Children’s Hospital. He later returned to Newfoundland for locums. After retirement, he visited again, when he met previous patients and documented fascinating changes that had occurred over the previous 50 years. He now lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with his wife.
Doctor on the Rock
by Christian Belcourt
DOCTOR ON THE ROCK recounts the experiences of Christian Belcourt, a doctor in Ferryland, Newfoundland, from 1959 to 1962, during the early days of outreach medicine. The book also covers his childhood, future visits to the island as a radiologist, and his last visit as a tourist.
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