Arthur Maxwell House

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 10 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7188
  1. Barbara Kermode Scott, Comox, British Columbia, Canada
  1. kermodeb{at}

Telemedicine and distance education pioneer

Arthur Maxwell (“Max”) House was born in Glovertown, Newfoundland, in 1926. During his career, House took on the roles of family doctor, neurologist, telemedicine and distance education pioneer, teacher, researcher, administrator, and ultimately, lieutenant governor of Newfoundland and Labrador. He was appointed in 1997 and served until 2002.

“House’s service to Newfoundlanders and Labradorians began long before he became lieutenant governor,” said the premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, Kathleen Dunderdale. “As a medical doctor, he was a pioneer in harnessing the power of telemedicine to help patients far beyond the touch of the physician’s healing hand. His legacy in this field has made Newfoundland and Labrador an international leader in telemedicine, decades ahead of the curve.”

House started his career as a general practitioner in Baie Verte in Newfoundland and Labrador in 1952. “The community …

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