Le Médicament comme Objet Social

Laurence Monnais

Associate professor, Co-researcher at MÉOS, Département d’histoire/ Centre d’Etudes de l’Asie de l’Est (CETASE), Université de Montréal

Laurence Monnais is an associate professor of the History Department and Centre d’Études de l’Asie de l’Est at the Université de Montréal. Her PhD in History from the Université Paris 7 (1997) focused on the history of medicine in French Indochina (1860-1939). She is currently recognized as a specialist in the colonial and postcolonial history of health in Vietnam and the history of health practices in Southeast Asia. She has developed expertise in the area of body, disease, and drug representations in a historical and anthropological perspective. Her work focuses on Vietnamese health and health practices in a colonial and postcolonial (Canadian immigration) framework and proposes a research theme specifically related to prescription medicine. Under the supervision of Johanne Collin, her postdoctoral studies were devoted to analyzing the diffusion of therapeutic knowledge in the French medical press (France, Québec, Vietnam, 1872-1939) (FCAR, 1998-2000). As a CIHR scholar (2001-06) and recipient of two SSHRC regular research grants (2002-05, 2006-09), she worked on the above theme mainly through two projects: the first concerns medicine consumption among Vietnamese immigrants in Canada; the second concerns the history of the "drug cycle" in Vietnam during the colonial period. Since April 2007, she has held the Canadian Research Chair in Healthcare Pluralism (SSHRC, Level 2), whose program play a large part in the modern evolution of practices around the use of prescription medicines.

Monnais’ many links with foreign and international institutions have led to several collaborations and publications over the last ten years (Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine; research units of the CNRS, etc.). She is a founding member of HOMSEA (History of Medicine in Southeast Asia), which organizes seminars every two years (Siem Reap, Cambodia, 2006; Penang, Malaysia, 2008). In 2000, she received two literary awards for her book Médecine et colonisation, published in 1999 by CNRS Editions. In 2003, she received the Hilda Neatby Prize, awarded annually by the Canadian Committee on Women’s History of the Canadian Historical Association for the most outstanding article on women's history. She is currently preparing two books related to prescription medicines: a history of medicines in Vietnam and, as co-author, a status report on Vietnamese traditional medicine.


Adress :
Université de Montréal
C.P. 6128, succ. Centre-ville
Montréal (Québec) H3C 3J7

Phone : 514-343-6544
Fax : 514-343-7716
E-mail : laurence.monnais-rousselot@umontreal.ca

Main publication on prescription drugs :

Monnais, L. (1999), Médecine et colonisation. L’aventure indochinoise, 1860-1939, Paris : CNRS Editions, 456 p.

Monnais, L. (2007), « Ordonnance coloniale, prescription médicale et changement social. L’offre et la demande en médicaments dans le Viêt nam de la première moitié du XXe siècle», Genèses. Sciences sociales et histoire, 69 : 26-48.

Blanc, M-E. & L. Monnais (2007), « Culture, immigration et santé. La consommation de médicaments chez les Vietnamiens de Montréal », Revue Européenne des Migrations Internationales, 23 (3) : 151-76.

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