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Microorganisms in a Macro World (part 4)


CHIN, Gatineau, Quebec

Studying in the United States

1931 : An encounter that shaped his career

"One day, as I was talking with the physiology professor, Dr. Elie Asselin, he said: "If you want to find a solution to tuberculosis, you won’t find it with chemistry, but with microbiology." Two days later I went and put my destiny in the hands of the Dean of Medicine of the Unversité de Montréal, Dr. Telesphore Parizeau, who welcomed me with open arms. He helped me get a scholarship from the Rockefeller Foundation so that I could go and study in the United States."

Dr. Télesphore Parizeau had himself studied at the Institut Pasteur in Paris.

In the thirties, Quebec was unable to offer a more complete education to its graduates. The young Dr. Frappier had to look elsewhere – to the place where the development of science was beginning to accelerate – in order to acquire the knowledge he needed to attack tuberculosis.

His studies at the University of Rochester

In the early 1930s, a grant from the Rockfeller Foundation opened doors for him in the American laboratories at the University of Rochester N.Y. Memorial University, financed by Kodak, was rich and well equipped. The Université de Montréal, on the other hand, was poor and decrepit, and research there was poorly developed — an enormous contrast. Armand Frappier told himself that he would have a stimulating challenge in order to improve things when he returned home! During this learning period in the United States, he interned in the microbiology laboratories of several renowned researchers, many of whom were staunchly opposed to the BCG vaccine.

Armand-Frappier Museum

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Learning Object Collection: Armand Frappier: Pioneer of Preventive Medicine
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