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August 3, 1970

Daniel Turner (1667-1740) Dermatologist, Surgeon, Physician

JAMA. 1970;213(5):863-864. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170310141051

Daniel Turner, recipient of the first medical diploma granted by an American school, was born in London. There he spent an extremely active professional life, practicing the art and writing on diverse subjects.1 Without benefit of a degree, he became a member of the Barber-Surgeon's Company, pursuing the practice of surgery until he became disenchanted with his membership. Upon the payment of a fine of £50, he was disfranchised. A few months later he was allowed to appear before the Royal College of Physicians of London and was approved subsequently as a licentiate of that body. His sentiments and gratitude to the President and Censors of the College for this opportunity to shift allegiance are expressed in the Epistle Dedicatory of his monograph, De Morbis Cutaneis. The text, one of the first treatises in English devoted to cutaneous disorders, appeared first in 1714 and enjoyed several editions; the fifth