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John Light Atlee
(2 Nov 1799 - 1 Oct 1885)

American physician who was a general practitioner of medicine in his home town, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, for sixty-five years, while also gaining a reputation in surgery and obstetrics. His 2,125 important operations, included many on the eye, ear, and nose; and the first successful double oophorectomy (29 Jun 1843). Upon the appearance of cholera in Lancaster (1855) Atlee joined the Sanitary Commission of Lancaster County formed to combat the deadly disease. He was made president of the American Medical Association in 1882.

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It was a standing joke of [Dr. Chapman] to quote old Leuwenhoeck as having discovered 'twenty thousand devils playing upon the point of a needle' thus foreshadowing some of the most remarkable discoveries of the present day, especially disease germs.
— John Light Atlee
Opening address to American Medical Association, Cleveland, Ohio, 5 Jun 1883. In The Chicago Medical Journal and Examiner (1883), 47 4.
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