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Irving Heward Cameron was a Toronto physician who was born on 17 July 1855 to Chief Justice Sir Matthew Crooks Cameron and Charlotte Ross Wedd. Cameron attended Upper Canada College, Toronto, and then obtained an MB at the University of Toronto and the Toronto Medical School in 1874. Cameron practised medicine in Toronto and served as a professor of surgery at the University of Toronto and Chief Surgeon at Toronto General Hospital until his retirement in 1920. During the First World War Cameron served as a surgeon in the Duchess of Connaught’s Canadian Red Cross Hospital in Kent, England. Cameron was elected president of the Canadian Medical Association in 1898, served as a councillor at the Toronto Academy of Medicine, and a member of the consulting stuff at the Hospital for Sick Children. He was president of the Toronto University Alumni Association and of the Toronto Branch of the British Medical Association (and a senator of that association). He was also a member of the Société Internationale de Chirurgie, the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and the British Association for the Advancement of Science. He was a founder and editor of the Canadian Journal of Medical Science and authored many articles.
In 1900 Cameron received an honorary fellowship from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in London and in 1905 received fellowship in the Royal College, Edinburgh, and a Doctorate of Laws, honoris causa, from the same institution.
In 1876 Cameron married Elizabeth Wright. They had a son, Matthew Crooks Cameron, and daughter, Mrs S. Temple Blackwood. Mrs Cameron died in 1902 and in 1920 Irving H. Cameron married Jessie Elizabeth Holland.
Irving Heward Cameron died in December 1933 in Toronto, Ontario.