Biographic Notes on Dr. Karl Heusner, patron of the"Karl Heusner Memorial Hopsital" (KHMH).
When I was an intern at ISCR, one of my task was to write a brief historical description of the KHMH. I decided to make a visit to the Hospital and gather some information on how the hospital came into being and get a description of the facilities. The public relations officer was too busy to have met with me. I waited for at least 2 hours then decided to head out.
During my visit there, I decided to write down word for word an informational caption below a picture of Karl Heusner which is posted in the Waiting Hall. I found out that Karl Heusner was a Belizean doctor who was honored in the renaming of the new Belize City Hospital in 1995.
Here's a transcription of the information at the KHMH:
Dr. Karl Heusner was born in Belize in 1872 to German
immigrant parents. He served the people of Belize for 63 years from his clinic
on Regent Street, making calls by bicycles, horse and buggy …
There are many Belizeans, from a large cross section of our society, including teachers, government workers, organization leaders, etc., who do not have an evidence based understanding of the Battle of St. George's Cay and the developments of this celebration.
However, the historicity of the Battle of St. George’s Cay having took place or not is not in debate; rather, it is the diverse meanings that have been applied to this celebration which remains problematic.
Assad Shoman, Anne Macpherson, Karen Judd, and Joseph Iyo are the most analytical scholars on this topic(Shoman 2000; Macpherson 2003, 2007; Judd 1989; Iyo, 2000). A familiar argument among these authors is that the celebration of the Battle was tied into an ideological myth which was used to harmonize the master-slave relations, as popularized in the notion that slaves and masters fought “shoulder to shoulder”.
As early as 1823, the Battle was being used to project the idea of the “family affair of slavery in Belize” (Def…