St. Joseph's earliest physicians

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A new exhibit is now on display in the history corner of St. Joseph’s Hospital featuring the hospital’s earliest physicians. Among these “cornerstone physicians” were Drs. Wishart, Macarthur, Waugh and Woodruff, who served some of the first patients at St. Joseph’s Hospital and were prominent in health care and academia in London. The objects displayed highlight the clinical and, in some cases, personal lives of these pioneer physicians. Also included in the exhibit are some of the earliest medical devices in the artifact and memorabilia collection, all of which were used on site. 

The rotating exhibits at St. Joseph’s Hospital and the collection itself are being coordinated and maintained by the St. Joseph’s Historical Committee. Plans are to continue adding to the collection – a fascinating treasury of items and photos spanning the 128-year history of the hospital and the St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing, which ran from 1927 to 1974.

Be sure to visit this latest exhibit – Zone A, Level 1, at St. Joseph’s Hospital (directions), near the Richmond Street entrance.

These four doctors were appointed by the Sisters of St. Joseph to the medical staff of St. Joseph’s Hospital in 1988, when the hospital opened. They were all prominent London physicians. Clockwise from top left are Dr. William Woodruff (photo: Brock University Archives), Dr. William E. Waugh, Dr. James Macarthur, and Dr. John Wishart.

Cornerstone physicians

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