March 13, 1870
Physician and medical researcher Seale Harris was born in Georgia. Harris is best remembered for opening the Seale Harris Clinic in Birmingham in 1922 and for discovering that excessive sugar consumption causes hyperinsulinemia. A prolific writer on a variety of subjects, he earned the nickname “the Benjamin Franklin of medicine” and served in Europe under the leadership of fellow Alabamian William Crawford Gorgas, surgeon general of the Army, during World War I. Harris was awarded the 1949 Distinguished Service Medal of the American Medical Association and was posthumously inducted into the Alabama Hall of Fame in 1965.
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