A 20th Century Witch Hunt: A Feminist Critique of the Grange Royal Commission into Deaths at the Hospital for Sick Children

Elaine Day

Abstract


The witch hunts of the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries were the result of a concerted effort by the Church and the emerging medical profession to eliminate women as lay healers among the peasant population. Women's knowledge and experience were deemed inauthentic and invalid, and thus attacked. As Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English point out, "The real issue was control." In a similar vein, the 1983 Grange Royal Commission of Inquiry into deaths at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto can be labelled a witch hunt.

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Studies in Political Economy:
Online ISSN 1918-7033
Print ISSN 0707-8552