Fonds P173 - Jack Elmer Harrison Fonds

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Jack Elmer Harrison Fonds

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  • October 1937 – April 1938 (Creation)
    Harrison, Jack Elmer, 1899-1980

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8 cm of textual records.

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Dr. Jack Elmer Harrison was born on December 28, 1899 in Ontario. He graduated from McGill Medical School in 1923 and did postgraduate training in New York, Hungary and Vienna and practiced in Vancouver from 1926 until his retirement. He was senior obstetrician and gynecologist at Vancouver General Hospital and an associate professor in obstetrics and gynecology in the medical faculty of the University of British Columbia. He developed special techniques in many gynecological procedures and introduced the operation of vaginal hysterectomy and repair to Vancouver. He died on July 17, 1980 at age 80 (from his obituary "Dr. J.E. Harrison" by W.F. Bie, MD, CM, Cert. RCPS(C) in British Columbia Medical Journal, 1980, vol. 22, no. 9).

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The journal was given to Dr. Fred Bryans by Dr. Harrison’s wife, Mrs. Alice Harrison, upon her husband’s death in 1980. Subsequently, Dr. Bryans’ wife, Mrs. Jane F. Bryans, donated the fonds to the Osler Library upon her husband’s death in 2009.

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The fonds consists of Dr. Harrison's journal of his travels through Europe studying Obstetrics and Gynecology from October 1937 to April 1938. A portion of the journal has been annotated by Dr. Fred Bryans in preparation for a talk he gave on Dr. Harrison in 1997 to the Osler Society of Vancouver.

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  • English

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The documents are in English.

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Items can be requested for consultation online via the Library Catalogue or by email at Advance notice is recommended.

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