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Alexander Johnston Chalmers Skene (June 17, 1837July 4, 1900) was a Scottishmarker gynecologist who described what became known as the Skene's glands.

Skene was born in Fyviemarker, Scotlandmarker on June 17, 1837. At the age of 19, he went to America. He studied medicine in Torontomarker, then Michiganmarker, and finally at the Long Island College Hospital in Brooklynmarker graduating in 1863. After a brief military service he entered private practice in Brooklyn and advanced to become Professor of Disease of Women at Long Island College Hospital.

Skene wrote over 100 medical articles and several textbooks. He contributed many surgical instruments and improved on surgical techniques. Primarily, he is remembered for his description of the Skene's glands at the floor of the urethra. He also described their infection - skenitis.

As a sculptor, Skene created a bust of J. Marion Sims, which is on display in the lobby of the Kings County Medical Society. A bust honoring him is located in Prospect Parkmarker Plaza (also known as Grand Army Plazamarker).

Skene died in his summerhouse in the Catskills, New York on July 4, 1900.

See also


  • Chesley LC: The evolution of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Downstate 1860-1980.

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