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The George Eli Bennett Collection

  • Creator: Bennett, George Eli (1885 - 1962)

  • Collection Date: 1941 - 1955

  • Extent: 2 linear feet

George Eli Bennett
by Eric G. Haupt
oil on canvas, 39.5 by 31 inches, 1937.


George Eli Bennett was born in Claryville, New York. He received his M.D. in 1904 from the University of Maryland. He was an orthopedic surgeon at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and at Children's Hospital in Baltimore. Bennett converted the Children's Hospital School into an acute poliomyelitis hospital during a severe poliomyelitis epidemic in 1916. In 1946, he introduced a respirator unit there for aftercare of large numbers of convalescent patients, a unit that served as a prototype for others later established throughout the United States. Bennett also made many contributions to the art and science of orthopedics, particularly in the field of surgery, developing many important improvements in braces and traction apparatus.

Hopkins Affiliations

1910 - 1947 Johns Hopkins Hospital
1914 - 1962 Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Scope and Content

The George Eli Bennett Collection consists of photographs, manuscripts, reprints, and professional correspondence. Most of the materials pertain to Bennett's work in orthopedics.

Policy on Access and Use

This collection may contain some restricted records. Materials pertaining to patients, students, employees, and human research subjects, as well as unprocessed collections and recent administrative records, carry restrictions on access. For more information about the policies and procedures for access, see Policy on Access and Use.

Permissions and Credits

When citing material from this collection, credit The Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives of The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. For permission to reproduce images, contact the holder of the copyright.

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