William Boyd, M.D., M.R.C.P., F.R.C.Path.
Photo taken February 16, 1949
|Born||June 21, 1885|
|Died||March 10, 1979 93) (aged|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Alma mater||University of Edinburgh|
|Known for||Authorship of major textbooks of pathology|
|Awards||Companion of the Order of Canada|
|Fields||Medicine, Pathology, Neuropsychiatry|
|Institutions||University of Manitoba, University of Toronto, University of British Columbia|
William Boyd, MB, ChB, MD, MRCP, FRCPath, CC (June 21, 1885 – March 10, 1979) was a Scottish-Canadian physician, pathologist, academic, and author known for his medical textbooks.
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William was born in Portsoy, Scotland, the sixth child of Dugald Cameron Boyd (a Presbyterian clergyman) and Eliza Marion (née Butcher) Boyd. Educated at the University of Edinburgh, he graduated M.B. Ch.B. in 1908, M.D. in 1911,and went on to become trained and accredited as a neurologist, psychiatrist, and pathologist. Boyd worked as an attending physician and nominal pathologist at the Derby County Asylum in the English Midlands from 1909–1912, and at Winwick Hospital (another neuropsychiatric facility) from 1912–1913. He was a pathologist at Wolverhampton Royal Infirmary from 1913 to August 1914. During World War I, Boyd served as a general medical officer in the Royal Army Medical Corps in Flanders at the rank of captain (O3). In 1916 he wrote the book, With a Field Ambulance at Ypres, describing his experiences as both a physician and an ordinary combatant in the war zone.
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