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Major Gabriel Seelig

Born 1874-02-19
Died 1953

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American surgeon, born February 19, 1874, Helena, Arkansas; died 1953.

Biography of Major Gabriel Seelig


Major Gabriel Seelig studied at the Columbia University, New York. He obtained his doctorate in 1900 and in 1903 settled as a surgeon in St. Louis. From 1903 to 1904 he did postgraduate work at the University of Berlin where he studied the history of medicine with Julius Pagel. From 1908 to 1919 he was Instructor of Anatomy at St. Louis University and was later promoted to professor of anatomy. During World War I, Seelig served in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army from 1917 to 1919. After the war, he joined the faculty of Washington University School of Medicine where he served as Professor of Clinical Surgery from 1920. He held this position until his retirement in 1947.

In addition to his professorship at Washington University, he was Chief of Surgery at Jewish Hospital from 1917 to 1931 and a founder of People’s Hospital in 1918. Seelig was also the Director of Research at the Barnard Free Skin and Cancer Hospital from 1931 to 1940, and he served as head of pathology from 1940 to 1947. He was in charge of the Cancer research program of Barnard Free Skin & Cancer Hospital in St. Louis.

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