Maclellan, Edward Kirkpatrick

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Maclellan, Edward Kirkpatrick

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Edward Kirkpatrick Maclellan was a Halifax physician and surgeon. The second son of William Edward and Margaret Maclellan, he was born in Pictou, Nova Scotia, in 1888. He was educated at the Halifax County Academy, Dalhousie College and Dalhousie Medical College, and lectured on toxicology at the Nova Scotia School of Pharmacy. He was the first Canadian medical practitioner to carry out practical experiments for juridical purposes, using modern biological tests for human blood stains, and served as an expert witness in several murder trials. After post-graduate studies in New York, Maclellan returned to his practice in Mahone Bay before establishing the Halifax Hospital for Women, which he ran until he accepted a commission as captain in the No. 7 Stationary Hospital, Canadian Overseas Expeditionary force. He served overseas from 1915-1918, then became chief medical officer of Pine Hill Military Hospital in Halifax before joining the staff of Camp Hill Hospital. He was a professor of obstetrics at Dalhousie University, president of Dalhousie Alumni Association and a member of the University Senate and the Board of Governors. He was also an He was married to Helen Stewart MacKay, with whom he had three children, Robert, Jean and David. Edward Maclellan died in 1951.


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