II-73328 | Anatomy study, McGill medical students, Montreal, QC, 1884

 
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Anatomy study, McGill medical students, Montreal, QC, 1884
Wm. Notman & Son
1884, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
II-73328
© McCord Museum
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These McGill medical students put on a show for the photographer by "having fun" dissecting one of their classmates. In addition to the ghoulish sense of humour of these future doctors, the scene also shows one of the motivations for excluding women from the practice of medicine. Indeed, how could the requirements of the medical profession be reconciled with feminine modesty?