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December 2015

John Templeton Bowen

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  • 1Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida
JAMA Dermatol. 2015;151(12):1329. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2015.2931

Quiet and aloof, Dr John Templeton Bowen could be found poring over pathology slides in private rather than engaging others in the hospital. Bowen is considered a pioneer of dermatopathology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).1 Prior to his career at MGH, American dermatologist Bowen graduated from Harvard Medical School (HMS) and studied in Germany and Austria before returning to America in 1889.1 He began his career as “assistant physician to outpatients with disease of the skin” at MGH and became chief of the dermatology service by 1911.1 He also was the first professor of dermatology at HMS.1 Because of his interest in skin histopathology, he was prolific in his analysis and description of dermatologic conditions, including his namesake: Bowen disease.

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