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Volume 37: Issue 2: 2007




Wilfred  Thomason  Grenfell  (1865–1940)  began  his  medical  career working for the National Mission for Deep Sea Fishermen on the North Sea.  In 1892, the Mission sent him to Newfoundland to invesitigate the living and working conditions of the fishermen there.  He spent most of his life improving conditions for  the  settlers  on  the  coasts  of  Newfoundland  and  Labrador.  His  unorthodox methods and difficult personality brought him into conflict with the authorities. In spite of this, he achieved significant changes for the Newfoundlanders in medical care, education and economic prospects.