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Alexander Johnston Chalmers Skene

Born 1838
Died 1900

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American gynaecologist, born June 17, 1838, Fyvie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland; died June 4, 1900, Highmount, Castkill-Mountain.

Biography of Alexander Johnston Chalmers Skene

Alexander Johnston Chalmers Skene first attended King’s College in Scotland, but immigrated to North America when he was 19 years old in 1857. He attended the University of Michigan and graduated M.D. from Long Island College Hospital in 1863. The following year he settled in Brooklyn, joined the U.S. army and planned an army ambulance corps.

Returning to private practise he worked as an assistant to Austin Flint Senior (1812-1886). He then specialised in gynaecology and was appointed professor of gynaecology at Long Island College Hospital in 1870. He was a founding member of the American Gynecological Society, being president in 1886-1887. He wrote five textbooks as well as many scientific papers.

Skene died of angina pectoris in his summer house.

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