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Dr Philippe Chabot
The origins of Dr Philippe Chabot
[The origins of Philippe Chabot] [Arrival in Lorrainville]
[A devoted doctor] [Triviality of a career]
The text at hand comes from the calendar created for the occasion of
the 75th anniversary of the municipality of Lorrainville.

Louis, Philippe, Joseph Chabot was born on November 24th 1896 in Scanoba, State of Michigan (United States). He was fourth in a family of
eight children, born from the union of Louis-Philippe Chabot and Eleonore-Diane Noël. His father is in the lumbering industry.

When he was seven, his father died and his mother, six months pregnant, returns to Clarence Creek, near Ottawa (Ontario). The parish priest
Claude Poulain takes him in his presbytery as helper and with the intention of sending him to school.

Philippe has a horse and hens to feed, he heats the furnesses of the church, he acts as verger and he goes to the village school where he is
always first of the classroom. At twelve, he hardly speaks French anymore; the domestic, Kate Dean, is Irish and speaks not a word of French.

At thirteen, it's the Classic studies at the University of Ottawa, with the hope that he will end up a priest. His mathematics teacher was father
Louis-Rhéaume, future bishop of the diocese of Timmins. Father Jasmin, who spent many years in Ville-Marie, was his conscience director.

After having worn the robe for fifteen months, he decides to change his vocation. It is then the studies in medicine at the University of Montreal.
His benefactor priest cannot pay his studies anymore; Philippe must work that out by himself. Work and loans will permit him to pay for his
studies. His phenomenal memory allows him excellent results. In his last year of study, he lacks money and cannot pass his exams. He risks
writing to the domestic Kate Dean, she who had brought him up. He asks her to lend him the missing $ 400. A few days later, to his great
surprise, he receives a money-order.

In June 1923, he graduates as medicine-surgeon and is an intern at Ottawa General Hospital for two years, with the Gray Nuns. A doctor Chabot,
distant cousin and inveterate drinker, takes him under his wing. Not always in shape to operate, he confides his surgery cases to Philippe who
takes advantage of these unexpected occasions to practice. The Nuns help him by lodging him at the hospital. night cases are confided to him.
He would forever be greatful to them (he has always treated the Grey Nuns free of charge...this was before health insurance plan).

A devoted Doctor
Dr Chabot and his snowmobile

Country doctor, Philippe Chabot never refuses a call. Night and day, nice weather, bad weather, no
matter whom, rich or poor, with devotion and good humor, by car, on foot, on horseback, by train,
by snowmobile rented, bought or invented, on the roads, on mud trails, he goes promptly to the
sicks' bedside, in a 40 mile diameter, regardless of the lamentable state of the roads at that period
of time.

Concerning his social implication, he is, among others, municipal counsellor for six years, mayor
of his village during nineteen years, a promotor of electrification and has partnership in the Industrial
Company of Lorrainville who builds and operates the aqueduct. He is the founder president of
Radio-Temiscamingue in Ville-Marie (Québec).

In provincial and federal politics, his efforts were not fruitful. It was said that people preferred
keeping him as a doctor rather than having him as a member of Parliament.

Philippe Chabot was also an accomplished athlete. At college, he had played in all the sports. In
the Temiscamingue region, he mostly excelled in baseball as trainor, pitcher and second baseman
until the age of fifty.

Worn out by his work, victim of his availability, his devotion and his love for medicine, Dr Philippe Chabot dies on November 14th 1960, ten days
before his 64th birthday. On his mortuary card, a nun from the hospital has written :
"He went to God with his soul, to his own with his heart, to all with his devotion. Forgetting himself to relieve pain, such was his noble goal."

Upon his death, we could read in the journal of the time: "Doctor Philippe Chabot was known as the Doctor of the poor. His practice of medicine
was a real vocation. He was a doctor of bodies and minds. Esteemed by all, his reputation of good humor and his exstraordinary presence of
mind followed him everywhere."

How many times did he voluntarily forget sending his bill, even the costs brought about by visits to the sick, visits more than often to private
homes! His prescriptions were alwaya accompanied of amiable good words and a communicative optimism. The faith that he inspired was
proverbial.

On September 11th 1983, the Foundation Philippe-Chabot was born. Its objective to help the elderly placed in Homes or accommodation Centers.
That name was chosen to perpetuate the memory of a man that devoted himself, body and soul, to healing the Temiscamingue population.
The Foundation's address is : P.O. Box 1102, Ville-Marie (Québec) J0Z 3W0.

 

Triviality of a career

This is the story such as his wife Solange described it in her manuscript notes:

"It's a long story!

One night in late October, Philippe was called by Dr Genest at the hospital to anaesthetize a patient who, because of a great diarrhea a few days
before, had used a potato (7 3/4 onces - 2 1/2 inch thick, of oval form, by 3 inches long) to insert it in his rectum, in attempt to put an end to the
diarrhea, following an old joker's suggestion.

His joke had been taken seriously and the patient had decided to apply it to his case, by removing peel to taper the potato in question. By sitting
on it, he succeeded in dilating sufficiently his rectum so the potato could get passed the elbow of the intestin. Pains and loud cries! His wife
tried, with knitting needles and a hook for boots (a hook that would serve to tie the buttons on boots) but did not succeed in taking it out.

The urgent surgery had to be done at once at night. Dr. Genest, with surgery gloves on, tried to remove the famous
potato but without results. Then he decided, with the assistance of Philippe, to open up the abdomen and push on the
intestin where the potato was lodged. One by the rectum always with gloves, the other going by the abdomen, all in
vain; the intestin had to be incised and the foreign object removed. Doing so, all the faeces spread in the abdomen,
which caused an acute peritonitis that nearly cost the patient's life. It cost him a solid three weeks in the hospital.

Dr Chabot saying, after those hard labors, "I am in trouble practicing medicine in this country if all the folks are of this
caliber." "But no, answered Dr Genest, you'll have more success in the future because the people of the Temiscamingue
region are intelligent and sympathetic.
This was an accident."

Version française
Arrival of Dr Chabot in Lorrainville

On August 1st 1925, it's the crossing of lake Temiscamingue on board the Météor and arrival in Ville-Marie. He is the fourth doctor. He is the
last one to be called and takes cases that others do not want.

On September 1rst 1925, Doctor Philippe Chabot establishes himself in Lorrainville and opens his office and drug store in the house of Joseph
Bellemare (house in front of the Caisse populaire). On September 30th of the same year, it's the first important call, the first delivery at Mr. John
McFadden. Charles-Edouard McFadden is born. He is the first of nearly 8,000 babies delivered by Doctor Chabot in the Temiscamingue region.
It is also the last patient to be visited by him after 35 years of practice.

On August 8th 1928, he marries Solange Bellehumeur. He is thirty-one years of age, she is twenty-two. He will be the father of nine children,
seven girls and two boys.

Dr Chabot Funeral Card

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