Atlee, Harold Benge

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Atlee, Harold Benge

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1890-1978

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Dr. Atlee was born in Pictou in 1890, received his early education in Annapolis Royal, and graduated from Dalhousie Medical School in 1911. At the age of 21, he was the youngest graduate in its history.
He spent a year in general practice followed by post-graduate studies in England. In 1914, he enlisted in the Royal Army Medical Corps and was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry by the end of WWI. He returned to England to complete his studies and was made a Fellow by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
Dr. Atlee returned to Halifax in 1921 and, amongst criticism from his colleagues, was appointed Professor and Chair of the first combined Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Dalhousie. In addition to this grand appointment, he was also named Chief of Service at the Victoria General Hospital at the same time. The appointments of a young and relatively inexperienced physician surprised the medical community. However, the Dean of Dalhousie's Faculty of Medicine, Dr. John Stewart, recommended and supported Dr. Atlee. He remained at Dalhousie until his retirement in 1958.
As an active member of many professional associations, Dr. Atlee was a Past-President of the Nova Scotia Medical Society, the Canadian Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and the Halifax Medical Society. He was named Honorary President of the Dalhousie Medical Alumni Association in 1968. Dr. Atlee passed away in 1978.

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Dalhousie University (1818-)

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Dalhousie University is the associate of Atlee, Harold Benge

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1921-1958

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Atlee was appointed as chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 1921 and stayed at Dalhousie until 1958.

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Grant, Harry Goudge ([1885?]-1954)

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Grant, Harry Goudge is the associate of Atlee, Harold Benge

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[between 1912 and 1920]

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Harold Benge Atlee and Harry Goudge Grant did postgraduate work in London after 1912.

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Dalhousie University. Faculty of Medicine. Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. (1923-)

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1923-1959

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Dr. H.B. Atlee was the head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology from 1923 until 1959, at which point he was named Professor Emeritus.

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n.a. “Harold Benge Atlee: teacher, hero and friend.” Canadian Medical Association Journal 120, no.12 (June 23, 1979): 1547-1587.
Mitchinson, Wendy. . “H.B. Atlee on Obstetrics and Gynaecology: A Singular and Representative Voice in 20th-Century Canadian Medicine.” Acadiensis: Journal of the Hirstory of the Atlantic Region 32, no.2 (2003, Spring/Printemps).

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