Edward Leicester Atkinson (1881-1929): Antarctic explorer, scientist and naval surgeon

Guly, H.. 2016 Edward Leicester Atkinson (1881-1929): Antarctic explorer, scientist and naval surgeon. Journal of Medical Biography, 24 (1). 110-115.

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Edward Leicester Atkinson qualified at St Thomas's Hospital in 1906 and joined the Navy in 1908. He was a doctor and parasitologist on Captain Scott's Terra Nova expedition to the Antarctic and had to take charge of the expedition when Scott died on his return from the South Pole. After the expedition he went to China and discovered the cause of schistosomiasis, returning at the start of the First World War in which he served with distinction, winning a DSO and Albert Medal but also being severely injured. After the war he served in various naval posts and became the youngest Surgeon Captain in the Navy before being retired on health grounds in 1928. He died at sea the following year.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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Programmes: BAS Programmes > BAS Corporate
ISSN: 0967-7720
Additional Keywords: Antarctic, exploration, Royal Navy, first world war, parasitology
Date made live: 25 Mar 2014 14:16 +0 (UTC)

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