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Trapp, Ethlyn

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Trapp, Ethlyn

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Ethlyn Trapp (1891-1972) was a doctor and radiologist in Vancouver.
She was born in New Westminster, the daughter of Thomas John Trapp and Nellie Trapp (nee Dockrill). In 1913 she graduated in Arts at McGill. After working in military hospitals from 1914 to 1918 and then travelling widely, she returned to McGill and obtained her M.D. in 1927. After working with Dr. Prowd at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, Dr. Trapp decided to specialize in radio-therapy. She pursued her studies in England, Sweden, France and Germany before returning to a private practice in Vancouver. She directed the British Columbia Cancer Institute and was later elected president of the B.C. Medical Association (1947) and president of the National Cancer Institute of Canada (1952). In 1954 she was awarded an honourary degree from the University of British Columbia, and in 1963 was awarded a citation by the Canadian Medical Association for her work in cancer research. She retired from medical practice in 1959 and in 1968 was awarded a medal of service of the Order of Canada.


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