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Oscar Huntington Allis

Born  1836-09-09
Died  1931-05-16

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American surgeon, born September 9, 1836, Holley, Orleans County, New York; died May 16, 1931, Philadelphia.

Biography of Oscar Huntington Allis

Oscar Huntington Allis studied medicine at the Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, where he received his degree in 1866. He settled as a surgeon in this town and soon became one of the original staff surgeons at the Presbyterian Hospital in Philadelphia. He also became teacher of orthopaedic surgery at the Jefferson Medical College. He was eagerly engaged with anatomical and physiological works, and received the Samuel Gross (1805-1885) prize from the Philadelphia Academy of Surgery for his book on dislocations of the hip.

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