In collaboration with the McGill Humanities and Arts in Medicine Club
The MAMM presents

Hidden in Plain Sight
Immortalizing the Mortal 2024
Wednesday, April 3

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Poster Immortalizing the Mortal 2024

Book launch CETTE SCIENCE NÉCESSAIRE at the MAMM January 11, 2024

invitation book launch      

McGill24 Crowdfunding Event.
A Night at the Maude Abbott Medical Museum: Pathology Then and Now - 2023 Edition
March 15, 5pm EST.

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Poster McGill24 2023

Immortalizing the Mortal April 26, 2023
6-7:30 PM

Poster Immortalizing Event 2023



Immortalizing the Mortal: The eye of the beholder

April 27th, 2022 17:30-19:00

The Maude Abbott Medical Museum presents In collaboration with McGill’s MSS Humanities and Arts in Medicine (McHAM) Immortalizing the Mortal: The eye of the beholder.

Express through art–poetry, sketching, dance, photography, or other media–what was once simply a medical specimen. Artistically “clothe in flesh” the person behind the disease.

Send your submission by April 18th to [at]

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Poetry Matters: Articulating the Body
Facilitator: Dr. Shane Neilson

Thursday March 10, 2022 at 5-7pm.

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Poster poetry matters


Poster Immortalizing event 2021

Immortalizing the Mortal:

A Pathological Perspective on Social Isolation

April 29th, 2021 17:00-19:00

The Maude Abbott Medical Museum presents

In collaboration with McGill’s MSS Humanities and Arts in Medicine (McHAM)

Express through art–poetry, sketching, dance, photography, or other media–what was once simply a medical specimen. Artistically “clothe in flesh” the person behind the disease.

Submit your piece by March 21st, 2021 to be entered in our raffle: [at]

Visit our Facebook event for tickets and updates.

Event plans with regional COVID-19restrictions.

Wednesday, February 26th
5:00-7:30 p.m.
Strathcona Anatomy and Dentistry Building
3640 University Street, Room 2/38E, Montreal
Maude Abbott –
Quebec Physician Extraordinaire
by Richard S. Fraser, M.D., McGill University


Maude Abbott and the Medical Museum
McGill University
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
October 15-16, 2020

Maude Abbott is a world-famous Canadian physician best known for her work on congenital heart anomalies. Her Atlas of Congenital Heart Disease (1936) laid the foundation for many medical innovations and contributions to our understanding of congenital cardiac disease. She was also important in the development of medical museums, acting as cofounder of the International Association of Medical Museums in 1907 and serving as Director of McGill University’s medical museum during its golden age from 1898 to 1923. As such, she established McGill as an important node in the global network of medical museums. The Maude Abbott Medical Museum showcases her collections for students and visitors from around the world.

A day-long seminar (October 16, 2020) aims to bring together individuals who have investigated or are investigating the life and work of Maude Abbott. We are interested in research from a variety of disciplines and topics, such as Abbott’s medical innovations, museology experience, publications, teaching, role as a pioneering female doctor, relationships with other figures, and Abbott as a subject of portraiture and world traveller. We are also interested in discussions related to the role of the medical/science museum in the university today.

The event will open the evening of October 15, 2020 with a lecture by Dr. Sam Alberti (Keeper of Science and Technology for National Museums Scotland) on the history and current relevance of museums in the university setting (Andrew F. Holmes Dean of Medicine Distinguished Lecturer in conjunction with McGill University’s bi-centennial celebrations). October 16, 2020 will be a day of participant talks and discussions, with an opportunity to visit the Maude Abbott Medical Museum and see its renowned specimens.

Please submit an abstract of 250 words (related to a 20 minute talk) and a short CV to [at] (subject: Maude%20Abbott%20and%20the%20Medical%20Museum%20Call%20for%20Papers) by November 30, 2019


Complete the online form at

Acceptance notifications will be issued by December 20, 2019.

For more information or other questions, please contact:
Professor Annmarie Adams at annmarie.adams [at] (subject: Call%20For%20Papers)
(514) 398-2915
Richard Fraser at richard.fraser [at] (subject: Call%20for%20Papers)

Annmarie Adams, Chair, Department of Social Studies of Medicine
Rick Fraser, Director, Maude Abbott Medical Museum
McGill University


  • Faculty of Medicine, McGill University
  • Department of Social Studies of Medicine, McGill University
  • Maude Abbott Medical Museum, McGill University
  • SSHRC, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
  • Clyde Partin, MD, Gary W. Rollins Professorship
    Paul W. Seavey Comprehensive Internal Medicine Clinic
    Emory University School of Medicine

Mercredi 16 octobre 16:30-18:00
Le Musée médical Maude-Abbott : La mort au service de la vie
Présenté par Dr. Richard Fraser, Director Maude Abbott Medical Museum
Capacité : 25 personnes
Anglais [at] (RSVP) 

Le Musée médical Maude-Abbott conserve plusieurs types de fragments humains utilisés pour l’enseignement, dont un grand nombre ont été obtenus à la suite d’une autopsie ou d’une dissection réalisée sur un cadavre dans le laboratoire d’anatomie. L’évènement comprend une discussion sur ces procédures, telle que pratiquée par le passé et de nos jours, ainsi qu’une visite du musée.

The Body of Evidence Visits the Maude Abbott Medical Museum

Body of Evidence Video

Tour of the Maude Abbott Medical Museum
2019 McGill Science Literacy Week

For registration for the tour 

More than Medicine:
Maude Abbott, Florence Nightingale,
and Teachings on the History of Nursing

Lecture: Richard Fraser - Olivia Vincelli
Strathcona Anatomy and Dentistry Building
3640 University Street
Auditorium 2/36 (2nd floor)
Thursday, May 9 2019   16:00 - 17:00

Visit Maude Abbott Medical Museum after lecture

De Musei Fabrica: Cloth and Stitch Inspired by the Maude Abbott Medical Museum

Artifacts from the Maude Abbott Medical Museum provided inspiration for Text’art, a group of six Montreal fibre artists to create new works of art, on view at the Osler Library History of Medicine beginning May 17. Each artist had her own method for selecting a piece from the Museum collection. To enhance the exhibit and illustrate the creations, the artifacts themselves, as well as other material and books from the Museum and the Osler Library, are on display.The exhibit places textile practice in the larger context of scientific visualisation and communication.

Exhibit dates: 17 May - 20 August 2018

All are invited to attend a vernissage to celebrate the opening of our newest exhibition, De Musei Fabrica: Cloth and Stitch Inspired by the Maude Abbott Medical Museum
Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 5:30pm.

TO RSVP, please email [at]

Science on Stage: BENEFICENT TORNADO @ Redpath Museum

Redpath Museum Auditorium, 859 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, QC, H3A 0C4, CA

Price: Suggested contribution: $5 GENERAL ADMISSION, at the door

Redpath Museum and Science on Stage presents a BENEFICENT TORNADO (a tale of Maude Abbott) and TERRIBLY THEATRICAL (a pop-up staged reading). Developed and created by Colleen Curran, this theatrical experiment features the Acting Company of MARY BURNS, COLLEEN CURRAN, PEGGY CURRAN, SYLVIA CYMBALISTA, DEBRA HALE, CHARLES ROBURN, CHAD TYLER, PATSY TYLER.

In English. EVERYONE WELCOME. No reservations necessary but if you want to call please do: 514-398-4094.

The Heart in Science and in Fiction / Le cœur humain: science et fiction

Saturday, May 13 2017
10:00 to 3:00
Maude Abbott Medical Museum

The event will explore the heart as a medical/anatomical organ and as a subject of literature. Museum specimens illustrating cardiac muscle death, infection and aging will be displayed and some current treatments will be shown.

Anatomic dissections by a pathologist illustrating normal animal heart anatomy will be performed at:
11:00 and 13:00 (English)
12:00 (noon) and 14:00 (French).

The contrasting concept of the heart as a spiritual/vital organ in literature - including poetry, novels and biography - will also be illustrated.



One-Hundred and Seventy-Seventh Meeting

Monday, April 24, 2017
Strathcona Anatomy and Dentistry Building
3640 University Street
Room 2/36

RECEPTION: 5:00 pm

All are welcome!

The James McGill Society presents "The Maude Abbott Medical Museum: 1822 – 2017” by Rick Fraser BSc’69, MDCM’76, FRCP(C), Professor of Pathology, Curator of the Maude Abbott Medical Museum. Dr. Fraser is the recipient of the F. K. Mostofi Distinguished Service Award of the International Academy of Pathology.

With objects dating from 1822, the Maude Abbott Medical Museum has collected thousands of specimens and taught countless McGill students. The talk reviews the history of the museum, key individuals associated with it, and important changes introduced in recent years.

Exhibit Rural Medicine in 20th Century Quebec
Osler Library of the History of Medicine
October 12, 2016 to January 15, 2017

There are country practitioners among my friends with whom I would rather change places than with any in our ranks, men whose stability of character and devotion to duty make one proud of the profession.”
William Osler, 1905

Osler’s words to the graduating medical school classes of McGill and Philadelphia, published in 1905 as an essay titled The Student Life, exemplify the respect he had for country based family practice. The exhibit Rural Medicine in 20th Century Quebec: Stories and Devices is based on the life of one such practitioner, Dr. Georges Lefebvre, who graduated from McGill in 1944 (MDCM) and practiced in Huntingdon, Quebec, for over 40 years. It includes a number of medical instruments used or collected by him during this time, which he donated to the Maude Abbott Medical Museum, as well as a number of books from the Osler Library of the History of Medicine related to medical practice in a rural setting.

Exhibit Sparks and Waves
From September 2016
Maude Abbott Medical Museum

Whether natural - such as lightning and thunder - or produced by human inventions - such as batteries and ultrasound machines - electricity, light and sound have had close associations with human illness and its treatment since ancient times. This exhibit displays several instruments previously housed at McGill’s School of Physical and Occupational Therapy during the mid 20th century and explains briefly the principles and rationales behind their use.

From October 2016

Harold Geggie was born in 1886 in Beauport, Quebec, and served as a family practitioner in the Gatineau region for over 50 years. He took his medical training at McGill (MD CM 1911) and joined the practice of Dr Hans Stevenson in Wakefield soon after graduation. The stories of his medical experiences, as documented in his journal, provide an elegant account of early 20th century rural medicine in Quebec. One topic he discusses is the use of popular remedies in the cure and prevention of disease. A few of those, some based on the use of local herbs and seeds, are shown in the exhibit.

Andrew Holmes was born in 1797 and came to Quebec with his family four years later. After receiving a degree in medicine at the University of Edinburgh in 1819, he returned to Montreal where he became a founding member of the medical staff of the Montreal General Hospital and the Montreal Medical Institute, which later became the McGill Medical Faculty. Holmes was also a founder of the Montreal Natural History Society and actively collected wild plants in the Montreal region. Many of these he donated to the McGill Herbarium when it was created in 1856. Reproductions of some of the specimens referred to by Geggie and which are currently in the Herbarium are shown in the exhibit.

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Saturday, May 7, 2016
The Pathology of Emergency Medicine/La Patholgie de la Médecine d’Urgence


The exhibit displays a number of specimens illustrating the pathology of disease or injury which may be seen in an emergency setting. Some of these diseases are rarely found in Québec today, because of advances in therapy and public health. However, they provide a vivid example of the types of conditions which might have been encountered by individuals involved in emergency medical care in the early part of the 20th century. While modern emergency medicine has as its immediate catalyst the economic, scientific and societal changes of the past 50 years, its origin begins with the history of caring for the injured and dates back to antiquity.

L’exposition expose de nombreux spécimens de pathologies ou de blessures telles que rencontrées dans un contexte d’urgence. Dans le Québec contemporain, à la suite des avancées dans les soins aux malades et dans les politiques de santé publique, certains cas ne sont plus rencontrés. Néanmoins, ils s’avèrent des exemples éloquents de ce qu’ont dû avoir à faire face les médecins d’urgence du début du XXe siècle. Les changements économiques, scientifiques et sociaux des 50 dernières années ont eu un impact considérable sur le développement de la médecine d’urgence. Néanmoins, ses origines remontent à l’antiquité, avec le début des soins aux blessés.

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