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Memorable Manitobans: Shelia Louise Cantor (1939-1988)


Born at Boston, Massachusetts in 1939, she began medical studies at the University of Manitoba, continuing her training at McMaster University in Hamilton and the Bellevue Hospital in New York City. She devoted herself to the study and treatment of schizophrenia in young people, research that was widely acclaimed and led to invitations to present her ideas throughout Europe and the United States. She sat on many international committees and on the editorial boards of several psychiatric journals, writing two books, the latter released a month after her death. In Winnipeg, she worked for a long time to establish the Schizophrenia Foundation, through which she worked to develop direct treatment programs and increase public awareness and understanding of schizophrenia. She died at Winnipeg on 3 May 1988.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, Thursday, 12 May 1988, page 52.

This profile was prepared by Kris Keen.

Page revised: 30 September 2009

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