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January 2017

Robert Willan—Dermatologist and Humanist Extraordinaire

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  • 1New York Medical College School of Medicine, Valhalla
JAMA Dermatol. 2017;153(1):29. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2016.0100

Robert Willan was a English physician who was renowned not only for his dedication to providing health care for the underprivileged but also for the development of the first classification system of cutaneous diseases.13 Born into a Quaker family on November 12, 1757, Willan attended medical school at the University of Edinburgh from 1777 to 1780. While studying at the University of Edinburgh, Willan was an officer of both the Royal Medical Society and the Physical Society.1

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