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Dr. Armand Frappier

It is the admirable work and the relentless work of a great man that underlies the vocation of the Musée de la santé Armand-Frappier. Behind the facade of the institution lie the dreams and accomplishments of a passionate scientist who has dedicated his life to research and the health of the community.

Armand Frappier joue au violon
©Musée de la santé Armand-Frappier

The man

Discover the person behind this vaccine pioneer. From his birth to his death, learn more about Dr. Armand Frappier’s studies, hobbies, and family. This visionary scientist and humanist advanced health research and raised the bar for microbiology researchers. Did you know that Dr. Armand Frappier founded his own orchestra, the Carabins, and that he played the violin for a living before becoming a doctor?


©Musée de la santé Armand-Frappier

His career

Are you curious about the highlights of Dr. Armand Frappier’s career? The Institute founded by Dr. Armand Frappier in 1938 is at the origin of the production of vaccines against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus, and the antibiotics gramicidin and penicillin. This is a milestone in the history of preventive medicine! Did you know that Dr. Frappier was the first civilian physician in Quebec to treat a civilian patient with penicillin by injection?


Dr Armand Frappier
©MDEIE (Prix du Québec)

His legacy

What is left of Dr. Armand Frappier’s legacy today? The hard work of Dr. Armand Frappier is an important part of our history. By making vaccines available to the public against infectious diseases that ravaged populations at the time, such as polio, influenza, and measles, he changed the course of our lives. Did you know that he dreamed of setting up a museum in Montreal to raise awareness of preventive medicine?


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