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Miss Maude Elizabeth Seymour Abbott, M.D.


ABBOTT, Maude Elizabeth Seymour, B.A., M.A., L.R.C.P. & S. (Edin.).­ Curator of the Pathological Museum and Lecturer in Pathology, McGill University . Acting Curator, Canadian Army Medical Museum, and Managing Editor of its Descriptive Catalogue; Lecturer on the History of Nursing, Graduate School of Nursing, McGill. Born St. Andrews East, Que., 1869; granddaughter of the late Rev. William Abbott, of Little Strickland, Westmoreland, Rector of St. Andrews, and Frances Mary ( Seymour ) Abbott, of Lymington, Hampshire, England. Received early education by private tuition at St. Andrews East. Entered McGill University, Faculty of Arts, with a scholarship from the Misses Symmers and Smith's School in 1886; graduated in Arts, 1890, winning Lord Stanley Gold Medal. Graduated from Univ. of Bishop's College in 1894 (M.D., C.M.) (Chancellor's Prize). Post graduate study in medicine at Zurich , Vienna , Edinburgh and Glasgow , three years. Private practice in Montreal next two years. Appointed Asst. Curator, McGill Pathological Museum, in 1899; Curator 1901; Governor's Fellow in Pathology, 1905-10; M.D., C.M. (Honorary) McGill, 1910; Lecturer in Pathology, 1912. Organized International Assn. of Med. Museums in 1907; elected its International Secretary-Treasurer in 1908, which office was made permanent in 1913; Managing Editor of the Sir William Osler Memorial Bulletins of that Association. Member, Montreal Medico-Chirurgical Society; Canadian Medical Association; American Assn. of Pathologists and Bacteriologists; American Assn. for Adv. of Science; Sigma Xi; Canadian Authors' Assn.; Canadian Women's Press Club; Women's Canadian Club of Montreal; Themis; Monteregian; McGill Alumnae Society; Hon. Member, McGill Graduate School of Nurses Alumnae; Alpha Epsilon Iota Sorority (Ann Arbor Chapter). Among her most important publications and activities are: Pigmentation-cirrhosis in a case of Haemochromatosis; An Historical Sketch of the Medical Faculty of McGill University (1902); On the Classification of Museum Specimens-American Medicine (1903); The Museum in Medical Teaching (1905); Congenital Cardiac Disease in Osler's Modern Medicine (1908), republished 1915; The Determination of Basal Metabolism by Indirect Calorimetry (1917); Descriptive Catalog of the Pathological Museum of McGill University , Vol, IV; Florence Nightingale as seen in her portraits (1916); Lectures on the History of Nursing - serially in Canadian Nurse (1920-22); McGill's Heroic Past (1921); numerous other articles in medical journals on Museum Teaching and Classification, Cardiac Anomalies and other pathological subjects and on the history of medicine. Edited Bulletins I-VIII, International Assn. of Med. Museums. Recreations: Country life and social activities. Avocations: Historical and Medical Research. Conservative in Politics. Residence: 299 Prince Arthur St. West , Montreal .


Source: Prominent People of the Province of Quebec, 1923-24, Montreal, Biographical Society of Canada, Limited, undated and unpaginated.




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