1947-1970: “The Christmas Seal”: Newfoundland’s floating clinic


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The MV Christmas Seal was a US naval boat converted into a floating TB clinic in 1947, in Newfoundland

From 1947 to 1970, hundreds of remote communities along Newfoundland’s coast were tested for tuberculosis on this navy ship that became a floating clinic. It is estimated that 80,000 Newfoundlanders in 1,300 coastal communities were surveyed by the Christmas Seal and educated about the cases, prevention and treatment of TB.

(Source: Test for TB, The CBC Digital Archives Website, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, http://archives.cbc.ca)

Photo credit: Canada’s Digital Collections program, Industry Canada, "Canada’s Role in Fighting Tuberculosis, Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow", image #032.