Seale Harris


His achievements as physician, editor of medical journals, author of scientific treatises and researchist were crowned by his recognition of spontaneous hypoglycemia

The life of Seale Harris was one of a rare individual who applied his competence successfully in several fields and enriched all who came in contact with him. He brought to his practice of internal medicine a strong background of training received in this country and abroad. He opened the Seale Harris Clinic in Birmingham in 1922 and it became a medical landmark during his lifetime. The clinic and name are perpetuated by his successors. Shortly after the discovery of insulin, Harris visited Canada to study diabetes cases with the scientists who discovered the hormone. These studies led to his extensive research on the effects in nondiabetic patients of an excessive secretion of insulin and his recognition that hyperinsulinism, the condition caused by these excess secretions, results in hypoglycemia, an abnormal deficiency of sugar in the blood. His research on hyperinsulinism and its control brought international recognition to Harris, including the Distinguished Service Medal, the highest scientific award of the American Medical Association.

While serving in the Army during World War I, he edited the journal, War Medicine, published in Paris, and for 12 years he was the owner and editor of the Southern Medical Journal. His writings include more than 100 contributions to the medical literature and books in such diverse fields as clinical practice, biography and politics. Widely respected among doctors, Harris served at various times as president of the Southern Medical Association, Medical Association of the State of Alabama, and the American Medical Editors Association.

Seale Harris lived as a true physician, ministering to his patients, advancing the science of his profession, and serving his community and fellow man.

Elected 1965

Alabama Hall of Fame, 1968

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