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Biographical entry Harris, Samuel Henry (1881 - 1936)

22 August 1881
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
25 December 1936
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Urological surgeon
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  • Harris, Harry


Harry Harris completed medicine in 1906. Soon afterwards he developed an interest in gynaecology and obstetrics, but eventually specialised in urology. Harris proved to be a great surgeon. Although proficient in successfully using the established urological techniques, he developed new procedures and designed many specialist instruments to dramatically decrease the mortality rate. Unfortunately, other surgeons around the world could not reproduce Harris's result so he failed to gain international recognition. Harry Harris was a foundation Fellow of the College of Surgeons of Australia, a member of the International Society of Urology and helped transform the Sydney Urological Society into the Urological Society of Australasia.



Education - Bachelor of Medicine (MB) and Master of Surgery (ChM) completed at the University of Sydney
1906 - 1907
Career position - Resident Medical Officer at the Sydney Hospital
c. 1907 - ?
Career position - General practice in Enmore, New South Wales
1914 - ?
Career position - Honorary Urologist at the Lewisham Hospital
Education - Doctor of Medicine (MD) received from the University of Sydney

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  • Murphy, Leonard J. T., 'Harry Harris and his Contribution to Suprapubic Prostatectomy', Australia and New Zealand Journal of Surgery, 54 (1984), 579-588. Details


McCarthy, G.J.