Born in St. Andrews East, Quebec, she was part of the third class of women students admitted to McGill University's Faculty of Arts. She received her B.A in 1890. She received her M.D from Bishop's University in 1894 and was the only woman in her class. She did post graduate study in medicine at Zurich , Vienna , Edinburgh and Glasgow. Returning back to Montreal she was appointed assistant curator at the McGill Pathological Museum in 1899, becoming curator 1901.
She wrote over 140 papers and books. Some of them include:
- The Atlas of Congenital Cardiac Disease
- Pigmentation-cirrhosis in a case of Haemochromatosis
- An Historical Sketch of the Medical Faculty of McGill University
- On the Classification of Museum Specimens-American Medicine
- The Museum in Medical Teaching
- Congenital Cardiac Disease in Osler's Modern Medicine
- The Determination of Basal Metabolism by Indirect Calorimetry
- Florence Nightingale as seen in her portraits
- McGill's Heroic Past
- Dr. Maude Elizabeth Seymour Abbott. The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. Retrieved on March 23, 2005.
- Miss Maude Elizabeth Seymour Abbott, M.D.. The Quebec History Encyclopedia. Retrieved on March 23, 2005.
- Maude Abbott. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved on March 23, 2005.
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