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Microorganisms in a Macro World (part 4)


CHIN, Gatineau, Quebec

His Early Studies

At age 6, Armand started school with the Sisters of Providence. His father insisted he repeat the fourth grade, judging that his marks were not up to par. Armand Frappier completed his "études classiques" at the Collège de Valleyfield, and finished among the top students in his class.

A career choice marked by pain

It was in college, from the first introductory courses in chemistry, that Armand Frappier discovered his passion for this branch of science. He set up a laboratory in the stable behind his house, where he could conduct experiments at his leisure. He thought he had found his calling. Unfortunately, Armand Frappier’s life and family had been affected by a black cloud: tuberculosis6. Without access to a vaccine to prevent the disease or treatments to cure it, Armand Frappier’s mother died from it in May, 1923, at 40 years of age. Armand Frappier was only 19 years old. This tremendous loss followed the loss of his little brother and his grandmother, both of whom succumbed to the same disease. During the same period of time, he suffered the loss of other close family members. He described these deaths as a black and trying period in his life. Armand Frappier would become not a chemist, but a doctor.

His studies in medicine at the Université de Montréal

In 1924, he therefore registered as a student in the faculty of medicine at the Université de Montréal. From that moment on, he would pursue his fight against this “tueuse de maman” (mother killer).

In June 1930, after 5 years of study and work, he finally got his doctor’s diploma. But there was still a long way to go in order to realize his dream of doing research. In order to improve his knowledge of the basic sciences, he enrolled immediately in a one-year program to obtain certificates in biochemistry, physical chemistry, and mathematics.

Armand-Frappier Museum

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Learning Object Collection: Armand Frappier: Pioneer of Preventive Medicine
Learning Object: The Man
Institution: RCIP-CHIN