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September 1986

The Collected Papers of Sir William Bowman

Arch Ophthalmol. 1986;104(9):1281-1282. doi:10.1001/archopht.1986.01050210035015

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Bowman (1816-1892) was one of the greatest anatomists of all time, and he made a larger contribution to our knowledge of the histology of the eye than any other investigator. His brilliant research and publications earned him a fellowship in the Royal Society at the young age of 25 years, and he became equally renowned as a clinical ophthalmologist and surgeon. He was internationally acclaimed as a leader in his field and received the same unique honor in England as was enjoyed by his friends and comtemporaries—von Graefe in Germany and Donders in the Netherlands. In his early years, he pioneered many discoveries in general physiology and anatomy, notably those of striated muscle, the capsule of the kidney glomerulus, the nature of renal function, and the basement membrane of the intestines. His investigations into the eye revolutionized our knowledge of the histology of that organ and his descriptions and conclusions

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