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Dr Martin Robert

Centre for History in Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

My book, Cette Science Nécessaire. Dissections Humaines et Formation Médicale au Québec was published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in 2023. It deals with the history of body snatching by medical students for dissection in nineteenth-century Quebec (Canada). I’ve also published on the history of funerary cremation from a transnational perspective, and on the notion of death denial in contemporary societies, notably a book chapter on the life and work of British anthropologist Geoffrey Gorer. My research interests include the history of medical education, the nineteenth century, the British and French empires, the history of medicine, the history of Quebec/Canada, and the history of death.

Robert, M. (2023) Cette Science Nécessaire. Dissections Humaines et Formation Médicale dans le Québec du XIXe Siècle, Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Robert, M. (2023) ‘Un tabou contemporain de la mort? Autour de Geoffrey Gorer’, in G. Cuchet, N. Laubry and M. Lauwers (eds.) Transitions Funéraires en Occident. Une Histoire des Relations Entre Morts et Vivants de l’Antiquité à nos Jours, Rome: Collection de l’École Française de Rome, 55-70.

Tradii, L. & Robert, M. (2019) ‘Do we deny death I? A genealogy of death denial’, Mortality, 24:3, 247-260 & ‘Do we deny death II? Critiques of the death-denial thesis’, Mortality, 23:4, 377-388.


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