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Biographical entry Trinca, John Alfred (Alf) (1884 - 1981)

26 April 1884
Warragul, Victoria, Australia
5 August 1981
Hampton, Victoria, Australia
Pathologist and Surgeon


John Trinca was a pathologist whose research was on the microscopic anatomy of tumours and other pathological tissues; he advocated using frozen sections of tissue in diagnosis. For 35 years he was associated with the Alfred Hospital. Melbourne, as clinical pathologist, surgeon and curator of the Hospital's Pathology Museum. In the 1920s he taught pathology to medical students at University of Melbourne and, after retiring from the Alfred, dental students. Trinca served as consultant pathologist to the Baker Medical Research Institute, and as consultant surgical specialist to insurance and repatriation tribunals.



Education - MB, University of Melbourne
Education - BS, University of Melbourne
Career position - Resident Medical Officer, Melbourne Hospital
Education - MD, University of Melbourne
1911 - 1921
Career position - Clinical Pathologist (part-time), Alfred Hospital, Melbourne
1914 - 1915
Career position - Civilian surgeon in the hospital ship Grantala
1915 - 1918
Career position - Served with the Royal Army Medical Corps
1918 - 1919
Career position - Surgical Registrar and Senor Demonstrator, Middlesex Hospital, London
Education - Fellow, Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons, London
1921 - 1946
Career position - Surgeon, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne
1926 -
Education - Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
1927 -
Career position - Curator, Pathology Museum, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne
1930 -
Career position - Consulting Pathologist, Baker Medical Research Institute
Life event - Retired

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  • Trinca, J. C., Neither hypocrite nor saint: a biography of Alfred John Trinca 1884 - 1981 (Canterbury, Vic.: John C. Trinca, 1994), 307 pp. Details

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