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This year, 1957, is the centenary of the birth of John Templeton Bowen. Dr. Bowen was born, educated, practiced dermatology, worked, and died in Boston. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Harvard University in 1884, and for the next three years, 1884-1887, he pursued post-graduate training in dermatology in Berlin, Munich, and Vienna. On his return to Boston he was appointed assistant physician to outpatients with diseases of the skin at the Massachusetts General Hospital, with Dr. James C. White as his chief. In 1896 Dr. Bowen was elected instructor in dermatology at the Harvard Medical School and he continued at this post until 1902, when he was appointed assistant professor. In 1907 he became the first Edward Wigglesworth Professor of Dermatology, resigning in 1911 to become Professor Emeritus. In 1927 he retired from practice.
Dr. Bowen was an excellent microscopist. The two publications which
THE CENTENARY OF JOHN TEMPLETON BOWEN July 8, 1857—December 3, 1940. AMA Arch Derm. 1957;76(2):184. doi:10.1001/archderm.1957.01550200028005