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L'émeute des fémurs: contestations étudiantes, dissections humaines et professionnalisation de la médecine au Québec (2021)


Body snatching by medical students had been a part of Quebec's winters for more than fifty years when, in January and February of 1883, newspapers reported at least fifteen cases in the Montreal area. One of them led to the arrest and trial of student Joseph Fontaine. Fellow students from Montreal medical schools, who had come to support him at the police court, clashed with the officers who tried to expel them from the courtroom. In the wake of this demonstration, the Quebec medical community called for legislative reform to ensure that public institutions would comply with the provisions of the Quebec Anatomy Act regarding the transfer of unclaimed bodies to medical schools. This article shows how this reform of the Quebec Anatomy Act in 1883 was a turning point after which the dissection of unclaimed bodies took hold firmly in the training of medical students in Quebec. It argues that the adoption of [End Page 525] this law was inextricably tied to the history of body snatching by medical students, and that putting an end to this practice enhanced the professional status of medical practitioners at the end of the nineteenth century.

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Authors & Contributors
Hurren, Elizabeth T.
Fabregat Peredo, Mario
Laura Berardi
Ragab, Ahmed
Knowles, S A
Beard, John A. S.
Pharmacy in History
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Nuova Rivista di Storia della Medicina
Spontaneous Generations
Medical History
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Open University (United Kingdom)
University of New Hampshire
University of Chicago Press
Éditions Varia
Blast Books
Medical education and teaching
Medicine and law
Professions and professionalization
Clot, Antoine-Barthélémy
Lira Errázuriz, Eduardo
Papineau, Lactance
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
18th century
17th century
Great Britain
Québec (Canada)
United States
Oxford University
Qasr Al-Ayni

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