Armand Frappier: pioneer of preventive medicine

His school of hygiene

In 1927, Armand Frappier set up the diagnostic laboratory at Saint-Luc Hospital; he managed it until 1943.

The thirties were hard and sad. The economic crisis dragged on. In Quebec, a university and a scientific community had to fight for their survival. The construction of the new building for the Université de Montréal, on Mont Royal, was interrupted for lack of money. In the middle of these gray times, Armand Frappier returned from abroad, his head full of projects…

But his employer, the Université de Montréal, was unable to offer him a decent salary. To make a living, he had to take up a second position as chief of laboratories at the Hôpital Saint-Luc.

Elsewhere in the world, bacteriology was making big strides. After his studies in the United States and France, Dr. Frappier attacked head on the work of creating a modern bacteriology department in Montreal at the Faculty of Medicine of the Université de Montréal. During the reorganization of the department, he introduced the Master's and Doctoral programs. From 1933 on, Dr. Frappier taught microbiology and preventive medicine there, and continued to do so for more than 35 years. He was the founder and dean of the university’s school of hygiene for 20 years. This school was the first and only French language university of its kind in the world, and Armand Frappier was instrumental in the school’s organization.