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Biographical entry Hodder, Edward Mulberry (1810 - 1878)

MRCS May 27th 1834; FRCS Dec 1st 1854; MD Trinity College Toronto 1853; CM King's College Toronto 1845.

30 December 1810
Sandgate, Kent, UK
20 February 1878
Toronto, Canada
General surgeon and Gynaecologist


Born on Dec 30th, 1810, at Sandgate, Kent, the son of Captain Hodder, RN. He entered the Navy as midshipman in 1822 under his father, but stayed on board only a year. He then went to school in Guernsey and at St Servans, France. He was next a pupil for five years of Mr Amesbury in London. Having qualified in 1834, he spent two years in Paris studying medicine and afterwards attended hospital practice in Edinburgh. He began practice on his own account, first in London for two years, and then at St Servans in Brittany. He paid a visit to Canada in 1835, and after a return to St Servans definitely left for Canada and began to practise in the neighbourhood of Queenstown, near Niagara Falls. In 1843 he removed to Toronto, where he gained a practice as a surgeon and gynaecologist.

In concert with Dr Bovell he started in 1850 the Upper Canada School of Medicine, which for several years represented the Medical Department of Trinity College. Hodder became a Member of the Faculty and in 1870 Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, which he held until his death. An Act incorporating the Medical School was passed in 1877. From 1852-1872 Hodder was a leading member of the acting staff of the Toronto General Hospital as well as of the Burnside Lying-in Hospital. He was especially known for his experience in ovariotomy and ovarian cysts, and in 1865 he was elected a Fellow of the Obstetrical Society of London. He was a member of the Ontario Medical Council and of the Canada Medical Association, of which he was elected President at the Halifax Meeting in 1875.

He had been ailing for some time before his death, and showed signs of cerebral degeneration of which he was fully aware. Soon after Christmas, 1877, he was seized with paralysis of speech and deglutition, with rigidity of the right arm; aphasia persisted, he gradually became weaker, and died at his house in Toronto on Feb 20th, 1878.

Hodder was joint-editor of the Upper Canada Med Jour in 1851, to which he contributed a number of articles.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Cushing's Life of Sir William Osler, Oxford, 1925, I, 48. Canniff's The Medical Profession in Upper Canada, 1783-1850].

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