Fonds P104 - Antonio Cantero Fonds

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Antonio Cantero Fonds

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270 cm of textual records and other records

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Antonio Cantero was born on November 23, 1903, in Ofena, Italy. He graduated from McGill University with a degree in medicine in 1927, and went on to become a pioneer in gastroenterology. He was a cancer researcher associated with the Notre-Dame Hospital in Montreal.

In 1947, he co-founded the Montreal Cancer Institute with Dr. Louis-Charles Simard, a pathologist from Notre-Dame Hospital. The Institute collaborated with Notre-Dame Hospital and the University of Montreal to carry out its mission.

He was the director of research laboratories at the Montreal Cancer Institute by 1960. His wife, Fernande Kent, was also the VP of the Canadian Cancer Society Quebec Division in 1957.

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Gift of Mrs. Antonio Cantero, 10 February 1976. Old accession number 598.

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Fonds documents Dr. Antonio Cantero's professional activities, especially his cancer research. The fonds contains correspondence, notes, reports, printed matter, slides, photographs and films.

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Fonds includes an index to a series of file tabs inscribed with letters of the alphabet found amongst the files of the Cantero collection, an indication that at one time the collection was arranged alphabetically by file subject. When the collection was deposited in the Osler Library in 1978, a superficial investigation of the files indicated this was only partially true and that in fact, the collection was rather disorganized.

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  • English
  • French

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The documents are in English and French

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Items can be requested for consultation online via the Library Catalogue or by email at Advance notice is recommended.

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