- Cottage Hospital Doctor
Dr. Noel Murphy was born in St. John’s in 1915. He was educated at St. Bonaventure’s College in St. John’s; Ampleforth College, England; M.I.T., Boston; and London Hospital, England; graduating from medicine in 1942.
In 1943 Murphy joined the Royal Air Force and became a medical officer for the 125 Newfoundland Squadron. In 1945 he returned to Newfoundland and was made a medical officer in charge of Bonne Bay Cottage Hospital, Norris Point.
Although he is also known for his life in politics and his career in radio, Cottage Hospital Doctor details the medical life of Dr. Murphy upon his arrival to Norris Point. The only doctor between Deer Lake and St. Anthony, his district spanned from the Bay of Islands to Reefs Harbour, St. Barbe, covering a distance of about 120 miles and a population of over 6,000. With few roads, most work travels were done by snowmobile, boat, or plane. With the assistance of six district nurses, his career as a medical officer was far from boring. The stories within span nearly a decade of Murphy’s life.