L’incontournable caste des femmes :

Histoire des services de santé au Québec et au Canada
Finalist for the Prix du Canada 2014 en sciences sociales

Montreal, March 28, 2014 – The University of Ottawa Press is proud to announce that the inaugural title in its Health and Society series, L’incontournable caste des femmes : Histoire des services de santé au Québec et au Canada, is one of the three finalists for the Prix du Canada 2014 en sciences sociales, awarded by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

This collection of essays, edited by Marie-Claude Thifault, explores the predominant role played in the development of the health systems in Quebec and Canada by several generations of women over more than a century. Midwives, nuns, volunteers, Red Cross nurses, outpost nurses, military nurses, psychiatric nurses, social workers and health care professionals are presented as subjects of history in the vast research field of health services in Quebec and Canada. In an effort to overcome the linguistic divide that separated not only the practice but also the historiography of medicine in Quebec and Canada, this book presents recent findings of francophone and anglophone historians who examine the evolution of health.

Marie-Claude Thifault is a historian whose primary research focus is the history asylum life in Quebec and Canada. She is an associate professor at the School of Nursing of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa, where she is also the director of the AMS Nursing History Research Unit. Professor Thifault holds the Research Chair in the Canadian Francophonie and Health.

Every year, four Canada Prizes of $2,500 are awarded to the best scholarly books in the humanities and social sciences that have received funding from the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP). The Canada Prizes are awarded to books that make an exceptional contribution to scholarship, are engagingly written and enrich the social, cultural and intellectual life of Canada.

Winners of the four 2014 Canada Prizes will be announced at the beginning of May. The awards ceremony will be held at Glendon College, York University, at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.



Lara Mainville
613-562-5663 | lara.mainville@uOttawa.ca

Peter Thornton
613-562-5800 (2798) | peter.thornton@uOttawa.ca