Lucille Teasdale: Doctor of Courage

By Carol-Ann Hoyte

A review of Lucille Teasdale: Doctor Of Courage by Deborah Cowley

Published on October 1, 2005

Lucille Teasdale: Doctor Of Courage
Deborah Cowley

XYZ Publishing
$15.95
paper
178pp
1-894852-16-8

Before Deborah Cowley spent a week in Africa in 1989 with Quebec physician Lucille Teasdale, the latter was relatively unknown at home. The publication of Cowley’s biography should change that.

In 1961 Teasdale and her husband, Dr. Piero Corti, established St. Mary’s-Lacor Hospital in northern Uganda. Teasdale performed thousands of operations in difficult and sometimes dangerous conditions. For over 35 years, the husband-and-wife medical team continually expanded the hospital’s services. They also realised their dream of having the hospital run by Ugandans they had trained.

Teasdale contracted the HIV virus when sharp bone fragments punctured her rubber gloves during an operation. In 1996, she died of AIDS, one of the contagious diseases for which she treated many patients. Cowley’s vivid portrayal of this extraordinary woman reminds us that one person can really make a significant difference, and will hopefully inspire others.

(Part of the proceeds from the book is being donated to The Lucille Teasdale and Piero Corti Foundation.) mRb

Carol-Ann Hoyte is the Quebec English-language regional coordinator for TD Canadian Children's Book Week and organizer of monthly mixers for Montreal anglophone children's book authors and illustrators.

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