Atlee, Harold Benge

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Atlee, Harold Benge

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Harold Bengee Atlee was born in Pictou, Nova Scotia, in 1890, received his early education in Annapolis Royal, and graduated from Dalhousie Medical School in 1911 at the age of 21, the youngest graduate in the school's 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. He returned to England to complete his studies and became a fellow by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He returned to Halifax in 1921 and, despite opposition from his colleagues, was appointed both professor and chair of the first combined Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Dalhousie and Chief of Service at Victoria General Hospital. These appointments of a young and relatively inexperienced physician surprised the medical community. However, Atlee had the support of Dr. John Stewart, Dean of Medicine, and remained at Dalhousie until his retirement in 1958.

An active member of many professional associations, Dr. Atlee was a 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. He died in 1978.


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

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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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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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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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