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Lucille Teasdale
Date of issue of stamp:
January 17, 2000
Designed by: Pierre-Yves Pelletier

The stamp shows a portrait of Dr. Teasdale in her white medical coat and wearing a stethoscope.

Series : Millennium Collection , Hearts of Gold

1,000,000 copies of the stamp were printed by Ashton-Potter Ltd.


Canada Post Corporation
Reproduced with permission
Lucille Teasdale. Born Montreal, Quebec. 1929. Died August 1, 1996. She studies at the University of Montreal and in 1955 was the first woman in Quebec to receive a diploma as a surgeon. She attempted to obtain training abroad but was turned down by American hospitals because she was a women. She joined forces with a Canadian colleague and her future husband, Dr. Pietro Corti and they went to Uganda where they would work for more than thirty years. A hospital was set up and Dr. Teasdale performed more the 13,000 surgeries working through civil wars, epidemics and massacres.  She was a member of the Order of Canada, was awarded the Saskawa Prize with her husband in 1996. This is the most prestigious distinction awarded by the World Health Organization of the United Nations.  She died from aids which she contracted while operating on an infected patient.