Edward Mulberry Hodder, M.D. 1810 - 1878

The Father of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Ontario and Dean of the Trinity Medical School


Plaque located at: 41 Spruce Street, Toronto, ON, Canada

Dr. Edward Mulberry Hodder was born December 30, 1810 in Sangate, Kent, England. He was educated on the Isle of Gurnsey and in France. He became a midshipman in the Royal Navy, but after a year, he left the Navy to study medicine in London, Paris and Edinburgh.

He married Frances Tench in 1834, and they left for Canada in 1838. First, he practiced in Queenston, and then moved to Toronto in 1843.

In 1850, he and James Bovell founded the Upper Canada School of Medicine and subsequently joined the Trinity Medical College.

Dr. Hodder was president and chair of many medical associations and was one of the first to use carbolic acid as an antiseptic in surgery. He continued teaching until 1871.

Together with a fellow sailing enthusiast, he founded the Royal Canadian Yacht Club.

Dr Hodder was one of the early occupants of this Georgian style house on Spruce Street, just a few doors west of the medical school.

Dr Hodder was one of the early occupants of this Georgian style house on Spruce Street, just a few doors west of the medical school.

Trinity Medical School in 1871. The facade can unfortunately cannot be seen well from the street due to the high fence. University of Toronto Archives and Records Management Services - Image Database

Trinity Medical School in 1871. Nowadays, the facade unfortunately cannot be seen well from the street due to the high fence.
University of Toronto Archives and Records Management Services – Image Database

Share Tweet