Garde Duchemin, a nurse in the Abitibi region; Lucienne Maheux, an alienist
at the Robert-Giffard hospital; Jeanne Mance, founder of the Hôtel-Dieu
in Ville-Marie; Marguerite d'Youville, Armand Frappier - all celebrated names
in this field.
Apothecary or nursing
sisters, alienists or backwoods nurses: it is primarily women who have cared for
patients' mental and physical health over the years.
Some of these museums
describe the role of these women in New France up to the 20th century. Others
look at research and discoveries related to preventive and cutting-edge medicine,
for instance in microbiology and biotechnology.