John Templeton Bowen

John Templeton Bowen (1857 - 1940)

John Templeton Bowen (1857 – 1940) was an American dermatologist.



  • Born 8 July 1857
  • 1884 – MD, Harvard University
  • 1884-1887 – post-graduate dermatology training in Berlin, Munich and Vienna
  • 1888 – Assistant physician to outpatients with diseases of the skin, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • 1896 – Instructor in dermatology, Harvard Medical School
  • 1907 – First Edward Wigglesworth Professor of Dermatology
  • Died 3 December 1940

Medical Eponyms

  • Bowen’s disease – (1912) chronic atypical epithelial proliferation.
  • Bowenoid papulosis

Key Medical Attributions


Major Publications


  • Weyers W. The centennial of Bowen’s disease—a critical review on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of its original description. Dermatol Pract Concept. 2012 Oct; 2(4) [PMC3663375].
  • Classic Reprint: Precancerous dermatoses: A study of two cases of chronic atypical proliferation. Arch Dermatol. 1983;119(3):243-260. [JAMA]
  • Bernhard JD, Elliot AD. A Letter From Darier to Bowen on the Naming of Bowen’s Disease. Arch Dermatol. 1983;119(3):261-262. [JAMA]

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the person behind the name

Emergency physician MA (Oxon) MBChB (Edin) FACEM FFSEM with a passion for rugby; medical history; medical education; and asynchronous learning #FOAMed evangelist. Co-founder and CTO of Life in the Fast lane | Eponyms | Books |

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