Maureen K. Lux

Separate Beds: A History of Indian Hospitals in Canada, 1920s-1980s. - Toronto. University of Toronto Press. 2016.

Separate Beds is the shocking story of Canada’s system of segregated health care. Operated by the same bureaucracy that was expanding health care opportunities for most Canadians, the “Indian Hospitals” were underfunded, understaffed, overcrowded, and rife with coercion and medical experimentation. Established to keep the Aboriginal tuberculosis population isolated, they became a means of ensuring that other Canadians need not share access to modern hospitals with Aboriginal patients.


Discrimination in medical care, Canada, History, 20th century, Hospital