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Biographical entry Salsbury, Carmen Russell (1898 - 1979)

DCM; ED; MRCS and FRCS 1942; MD CM Ontario 1924; FRCSC 1939.

21 July 1898
Ontario, Canada
19 September 1979
Anatomist, Medical Officer and Pathologist


Carmen Russell Salsbury was born on 21 July, 1898, in the County of Lennox and Addington, Ontario, Canada. He was the youngest child of the two daughters and three sons of John Albert Salsbury, a farmer. He was educated in a one room country schoolhouse for four years and then graduated with honours in all subjects from Newburgh High School. He was awarded the MC CM at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario in 1924 and won the surgery medal, the Mundell Prize in applied anatomy and the Professor's Prize in pathology. He became a Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada in 1924. He held appointments at Drayton Hospital, Drayton, North Dakota, and in Illinois and Colorado. At the University of Oklahoma he spent four years teaching anatomy and applied anatomy. Finally he became Assistant Professor of Anatomy and lecturer in surgical pathology at Queen's University, Kingston, 1935-40.

During the first world war he served as a Sergeant in the Canadian Infantry, he was wounded and awarded the DCM. In the second world war he served with the RCAMC as a surgical specialist with the rank of Major and was awarded the ED.

For twenty years he worked with the Workmen's Compensation of British Columbia, and was, for ten years, chief clinical medical officer. He estimated that he did approximately forty years military service in both war and peace. His interests were swimming, gardening and building. In 1927 he married Amy Alice Malakowsky and they had one daughter, Sylvia. He died on 19 September, 1979, survived by his daughter and two grandchildren.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Can Med Ass J 1979, 121, 1545].

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