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John Addison Fordyce

Born  1858
Died  1925

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American dermatologist, born February 16, 1858, Guernsey County, Ohio; died June 4, 1925.

Biography of John Addison Fordyce

John Addison Fordyce graduated in medicine in 1881 at Chicago Medical College and then settled in Hot Springs, Arkansas as a practitioner. In 1886 he went to Europe, devoting himself to studies of dermatology under Moriz Kaposi (1837-1902) in Vienna, Ernest Henri Besnier (1831-1909), Jean Baptiste Emil Vidal (1825-1893), and Jean Alfred Fournier (1832-1915) in Paris. In 1889 he settled as a specialist in dermatology and syphilis in New York, taught as instructor and assistant professor of the discipline from 1889 to 1893 at the New York Polyclinic, then as professor at Bellevue Hospital College and the College of Physicians and Surgeons.

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