SickKids: The History of The Hospital for Sick Children

Client: University of Toronto Press (2016)

Project: SickKids: The History of The Hospital for Sick Children by David Wright, with a Foreword by Mary Jo Haddad

Specialty: This volume chronicles the remarkable history of the SickKids Hospital. From its humble origins in rented houses in Victorian Toronto, the Hospital would flourish to become an influential paediatric institution, pioneering Pasteurization, the Iron Lung for Polio, Pablum, the Mustard Procedure for “Blue Babies,” and the discovery of the gene for Cystic Fibrosis. It would also be the site of two of the most famous medical controversies in modern Canadian history — the suspected murder of two dozen babies in the early 1980s and, more recently, the whistle-blowing controversy involving the research scientist Nancy Olivieri. The author has crafted a compelling and accessible history that anchors Toronto's children's hospital within the broader changes affecting Canadian society and medical practice over the last century.

TEC’s editors worked closely with the author and the publisher to edit the 480 pages of this manuscript for consistency and clarity. We copy edited for U of Toronto Press style in usage, punctuation, and spelling; corrected grammar errors; edited notes and references; and edited 57 figure captions for accuracy and consistency. Our team finalized all changes in the manuscript in preparation for production; proofread and edited the index; and reviewed the final PDF galleys.