Lectures on pathology - the study of the nature and causes of disease - were offered at Queen's as early as the 1860s. But it was not until the establishment of the Department of Pathology and Bacteriology in 1895 under Dr. Walter Connell that the discipline became a central part of the medical curriculum.
Connell led this combined department until 1919, when Pathology and Bacteriology were split up; he subsequently became the first head of the separate Department of Pathology.
The Cancer Research Laboratories (see Cancer Research Institute) were founded in 1971.
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