Henri Breault


Dr. Henri Breault was a medical doctor in Windsor. He became the Chief of Pediatrics and Director of the Poison Control Centre at the Hotel Dieu Hospital in 1957. Having seen too many cases of children needlessly becoming poisoned by access to medicines and other household products, he became instrumental in the development of child-resistant containers. His efforts led to the government mandates for safe storage of medicines and other poisons, saving countless lives.

Henry Breault

Photo from The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame website

Dr. Breault was born in Tecumseh and educated at the University of Western, but returned to Windsor to complete his internship at Hotel Dieu hospital. He chose to set up his pediatrics practice in Windsor, providing medical services to Windsorites for 41 years.

Born March 4, 1909, Dr. Breault was raised and educated in Tecumseh, until going to Ottawa to further his education. He and his wife Monica had two daughters, Elise and Rosemary.  He opened his practice in Windsor in 1939, and retired in 1980.  Dr. Breault died on September 5, 1983 and was buried in St. Anne’s cemetery.  He was inducted posthumously to the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in 1997.


Dr. Henri Breault Community Excellence Award.  Accessed April 23, 2018.

Dr. Henri J. Breault. Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.  Accessed April 23, 2018

How Prescription Bottle Safety Lids Came To Be.  Accessed April 23, 2018.