THE PEOPLE'S HOSPITAL, a history of McCords, Durban, 1890s-1970s

: Parle (J.) & Noble (V.)

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240pp., illus., maps, paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2017


McCord Hospital was founded in 1909 by missionaries Dr James McCord and his wife Margaret, and played a vital role in providing training in professional midwifery and nursing to black South Africans. The hospital was targeted for closure as a ‘black hospital in a white area’ under the Group Areas Act, and was directly attacked by Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd in the 1960s. McCords managed to survive and is currently a provincially-run specialist eye hospital.

Julie Parle is Honorary Professor of History at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Vanessa Noble is a lecturer in Historical Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.