Documentary and Discussion: Medical Breakthroughs in History

This event takes place in person in the Enid Dearing Room on the main floor of Parkgate Library as well as online via Zoom. Maximum 30 people in person.


In this series, we will focus on John Snow, one of the founders of the science of epidemiology, and also briefly cover some other medical innovators whose ground-breaking ideas have taken time to gain widespread acceptance, including: Edward Jenner, Ignaz Simmelweiss, Barry Marshall, Bennet Omalu and Sue Swedo. 


January 10, 17 & 24

In John Snow and the Cholera Outbreak of 1854 we explore how a deadly outbreak of cholera in London, and John Snow's investigation of its cause, gave rise to the modern field of epidemiology. It's a fascinating story. Even if you've heard it before, you may find new facts and details here that we've uncovered through expert interviews and map analysis.

For more information, go to:  PredictionX: John Snow and the Cholera Epidemic of 1854 | edX


January 31

For the final session of this series, we will show the documentary, My Kid is Not Crazy: a Search for Hope in the Face of MisdiagnosisMy Kid is Not Crazy is an award-winning documentary film by University of Florida professor, Tim Sorel.  It follows the journeys of six children and their families as they become tangled in the nightmare of a medical system heavily influenced by the pharmaceutical industry.  Here it’s common for a caregiver to prescribe a young child with a Selective Serotonin Uptake Inhibitor (SSRI), but hesitate to prescribe an antibiotic to counteract a potential infectious-based trigger.  What happens to some of these children is shocking and sad.

For more information about the film go to: My Kid is Not Crazy | A Search for Hope in the Face of Misdiagnosis



Zoom link: https://nvdpl.zoom.us/j/88233043395?pwd=VUxrWFVIN2xFVllRTFZnZk93RTU4QT09


No registration required. Call 604-929-3727, ext. 8166 or email myhillm@nvdpl.ca for info.




Repeats every week every Tuesday until Tue Jan 31 2023.
Tuesday, January 10, 2023 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Tuesday, January 17, 2023 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Tuesday, January 24, 2023 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Tuesday, January 31, 2023 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm


  • Adults