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Original Articles
April 1962

Daniel Turner and "De Morbis Cutaneis"

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Arch Dermatol. 1962;85(4):517-523. doi:10.1001/archderm.1962.01590040081012

Daniel Turner was born in London in 1667 and deserves to be remembered for 2 reasons: He was the author of the first book in the English language devoted wholly to dermatology,1 and he was the recipient of the first degree of Doctor of Medicine conferred by the English colonies of North America. This, an honorary title, was obtained from Yale College on Turner's request accompanied by a gift of books and forms the subject of a scholarly essay by John E. Lane.2 I am indebted to Lane's article for much of the biographical detail which follows and which has so far escaped the attention of most dermatologists.

Turner was a surgeon and wanted to better himself. It is only right to amplify this statement by reminding the reader that surgeons were incorporated with the barbers in a guild, or company, until 5 years after Turner's death and