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Montreal Medico-Chirurgical Society Fonds

Montreal Medico-Chirurgical Society Fonds

Physical Description

1.76 m of textual records.—1 photograph album.—2 realia.—5 photographs.



Biographical Sketch / Administrative History

The Montreal Medico-Chirurgical Society was founded by a group of general practitioners in1843 in Montreal. Its first president was McGill Faculty of Medicine founder Dr. Andrew Holmes. They society’s founders came together with the intent to establish professional codes of conduct, medical fee rates, and a death registry. Case reports were presented during the society’s meetings and published as the Montreal Medical Journal. By the beginning of the 20th century, the society’s activities were expanded to include annual refresher courses in medicine. Deans of McGill’s Faculty of Medicine who have served as the society’s president include Dr. Palmer Howard, Sir Thomas Roddick, F. J. Shepherd, A. D. Blackader, J. G. Adami, and H. S. Birkett.

Scope and Content

The fond consists of artifacts, bound volumes, photographs, and records from the Montreal Medico-Chirurgical Society. Included are correspondence, minute books, reports, monthly bulletins, a register of members, memorabilia, and albums of clippings and photographs.

Finding Aids

Complete inventory list available.

Custodial History

Files 1-31 and 39-45 formerly part of the Medical Library Archives, accession number 544. These were transferred to the Osler Library in August 1976. All other items donated to the Osler Library in October 2013.


The documents are in English.

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Medicine -- Societies, etc.
Montreal Medico-Chirurgical Society