II-170640.1 | Dr. Adami, Montreal, QC, 1908

Dr. Adami, Montreal, QC, 1908
Wm. Notman & Son
1908, 20th century
Silver salts on paper mounted on paper - Albumen process
8 x 5 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
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John George Adami (1862-1926) belonged to a new generation of physicians trained at the end of the 19th century who were deeply influenced by the bacteriological revolution. They studied in European institutions that were then at the forefront of teaching bacteriological analysis techniques. When they returned to Quebec, they helped raise the standard of clinical care in the province's hospitals. Their knowledge was also of benefit in the fight to improve public health.

A hundred years ago, children died primarily from gastrointestinal diseases, pneumonia and flu, but also from diphtheria, accidents, measles and scarlet fever. Advances in medical science, general vaccination, improvements in public health, and education campaigns were all factors that helped bring these diseases under control. After World War II, the main causes of death among children were accidents, congenital conditions and cancer.

  • What

    Dr. Adami served as co-chairman of the Child Welfare Exhibition held from October 8 to 22, 1912, at the Drill Hall on Craig Street in Montreal. The exhibition focussed on promoting safe habits beneficial to children's health.

  • Where

    John George Adami spent most of his professional career in Montreal. He went back to Great Britain during the First World War as a member of the Canadian Army Medical Corps. After the war, he accepted the position of vice-chancellor of the University of Liverpool.

  • When

    In 1908 John George Adami was a professor of pathology and bacteriology in the McGill University faculty of medicine. He also held the position of pathologist at the Royal Victoria Hospital.

  • Who

    A physician, professor and researcher, John George Adami was also very involved in public life. For a number of years he was chairman of a major reform organization, the Montreal Civic Progress League.