Read Full Story A March 17 or December 24 birthday often meant that the woman did not know her real birthday or perhaps even her age. She perhaps adopted a date significant to Irish Catholicism as a memory aid and as a link to home. A patient who listed two addresses usually worked in service as a maid or cook. They dealt with prejudice and poverty, frequently alone, and often earned a living without education.These are among the findings of Ciara Breathnach, the Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine Fellow who spent a year looking for clues about impoverished Irish women in the U.S. between 1860 and 1913 in medical records of the New England Hospital for Women and Children (NEHWC) held by the Center for the History of Medicine (CHoM) at Countway Library. Breathnach, a lecturer at the University of Limerick, shared her research at a talk, “Irish Pauper Patients and the American Maternity Hospital, 1860–1913,” sponsored by CHoM.The NEHWC provided free medical care and drew patients of limited means. Its records captured data about women during their lying-in and labor and provide a source of information on a group about which information is limited. Other records about this demographic group are no longer accessible; archives have closed or are held by hospitals still in operation and restricted by HIPAA regulations.The data allowed Breathnach to paint a fuller picture of a marginalized socioeconomic group and learn touching and sometimes tragic details about the women’s lives.
By Colin Bynoe JrTHE much-anticipated construction of an International standard eight–lane 400-metre synthetic track at Burnham Park in New Amsterdam, Region 6 has hit phase three of a four-phase project.Berbicians are buzzing and happy to see the start of such a project. Besides boasting some of the country’s naturally talented athletes, this initiative, when completed, will add spice to track and field in Berbice and by extension Guyana.Construction Company BK International was awarded the contract of this historic facility at a cost of G$141M. Chronicle Sport on a recent visit to the construction site witnessed workers on the go with several ground works, which included constructing drainage systems (laying draining pipes), inner and outer track works and asphalting.Adequate drainage is crucial to maintaining the integrity and longevity of a synthetic track surface and its sub-base materials. The drainage system will be built in such a way that it captures and drains rain water. It can also perform as a water collection system for the athletic field, all of which will most likely to be completed in four months.It is understood that the final phase will be the laying of the actual synthetic track and when completed sometime in December the track will be outfitted with 8 lanes and will be 400m in dimension.In addition it will have all the facilities to host international track and field meets. Football enthusiasts will be elated also, as provision is being made for the construction of a full-size football field within the track.The project is being funded by the Government of Guyana through the Ministry of Social Cohesion, Culture Youth and Sport.