‘pathologies’

‘in the background, providing a wealth of information for [radio hosts] gwen and teresa, were quietly impassioned witnesses at the berger inquiry presenting what amounted to a catalogue of northern pathologies. anthropologists outlined the history of prospectors, traders, whalers, and miners pouring into the north with their diseases, their alcohol, their licentiousness. medical experts and social workers methodically outlined what happens when the traditional pattern of life breaks down and individuals, families, whole communities lose their way.  they described the particular burden for women, their isolated lives during the long northern winters.’–lnoa 214-215

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