John Joseph Heagerty

John Joseph Heagerty, physician, public-health official, historian (b at Montréal 26 Dec 1879; d at Ottawa 7 Feb 1946). Entering federal service as a bacteriologist in 1911, Heagerty joined the new Department of Health in 1919 and became director of public-health services in 1938.

Heagerty, John Joseph

John Joseph Heagerty, physician, public-health official, historian (b at Montréal 26 Dec 1879; d at Ottawa 7 Feb 1946). Entering federal service as a bacteriologist in 1911, Heagerty joined the new Department of Health in 1919 and became director of public-health services in 1938. He was noted for his work in Canada's campaign against venereal disease in the 1920s and his proposals for national health insurance in 1943. He also broadcast lectures on Canadian medical history and wrote the 2-volume Four Centuries of Medical History in Canada (1928) and The Romance of Medicine in Canada (1940).