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John Templeton Bowen

Born  1857
Died  1940

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American dermatologist, born July 8, 1857, Boston; died December 3, 1940.

Biography of John Templeton Bowen

John Templeton Bowen was born to a prominent Boston Family. He attended Boston Latin School and graduated Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College in 1879. He graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1884 and subsequently studied in Germany and Vienna. He spent two years abroad before returning as assistant physician to out-patients with diseases of the skin at the Massachusetts General Hospital in 1889. He taught dermatology as an instructor from 1896 to 1902, was assistant professor 1902-1907, and in 1907 he was appointed the first Edward Wigglesworth-Professor of dermatology at Harvard University. He was emerited in 1911.

It was said that Bowen loved quiet and solitude; that he perhaps loved his microscope best, more than his patients, according to some. He never married, and in later years became quite reclusive. He was afflicted with an undiagnosed form of vertigo which incapacitated him in his last years.


  • R. M. D. Hernando Diaz, E. V. S. U. Iglesias:
    John Templeton Bowen (1857-1940).
    Actas dermosifiliograficas, Madrid, 2002, 93 (8): 524-525.
  • E. Graham-Little:
    John Templeton Bowen. British Journal of Dermatology, 1941, 53 (6): 190-191.

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