Armand Frappier: pioneer of preventive medicine

His leisure activities

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Les CarabinsZoomZoom
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Dr. Frappier playing the violinZoomZoom
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From an early age, Armand Frappier was able to have several things on the go at once: juggling his studies and musical interests, all the while making time for friends and leisure. His father introduced him and his brother, Irénée, to the violin, cello, and clarinet. Barely 8 years old, he was already appearing on stage in regional parish halls and social settings, as part of the Frappier trio with his father and his brother. Though he initially played for the sheer pleasure of it, Armand Frappier eventually played the violin to earn money while in school.

In 1924, even though he had no money, Armand Frappier enrolled in the Faculty of Medicine of the Université de Montréal. His father had told him: "I paid for my studies with my music, you’ll do the same." After having unsuccessfully looked for a position as a music teacher, Armand started his own orchestra: "Les Carabins." They played in restaurants, for parties and receptions and, in the summer, on the ships of the Canadian Steamship Line.

Music didn’t make him forget his passion for chemistry. He took a job as an assistant at the chemistry laboratory of the Université de Montréal and, in addition to that, he took on the responsibility of the chemistry laboratories of Hôpital Saint-Luc and Hôpital Misericorde.

Hunting and fishing

Dr. Frappier spent his leisure time hunting and fishing with his good friends throughout the province of Quebec.


He grew plums and cherries in his garden, and made jams for his family. He was an avid reader, and enjoyed playing the violin, listening to music, and relaxing with his family at their home, named la Pointe.

A day in the schedule of the student Frappier…

8 h 00 – Laboratory at Hôpital Saint-Luc
8 h 30 - Courses at the university
12 h 15 – Music at the restaurant at Dupuis et Frères
13 h 30 - Courses at the university
17 h 00 - Laboratory at Hôpital Miséricorde
18 h 30 – Music at Kerhulu et Odiau
1 h 00 - Return home

But where does the student study? Behind the piano, during breaks..