Owsei Temkin

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Owsei Temkin (October 6, 1902 – July 18, 2002) was William H. Welch Professor Emeritus of the History of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. He was a Russian-born, German-educated, American medical historian.

After receiving his M.D. from the University of Leipzig in 1927, he moved to the United States and, in 1932 became director of the Institute of the History of Medicine at Johns Hopkins. He became known as one of the world's foremost experts on the interaction of medicine and culture throughout history. During his academic career and retirement, he published hundreds of articles and a dozen books on the history of medicine. His last book was published in the year of his death at age 99.

Temkin received the Welch Medal and the Sarton Prize and was elected to the American Philosophical Society, the National Academy of Science, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Selected publications[edit]

  • The Falling Sickness: A history of Epilepsy from the Greeks to the beginnings of Modern Neurology Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press; 1945, Revised 1971; ISBN 0-8018-1211-9)
  • Galenism: Rise and Decline of a Medical Philosophy Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1973, ISBN 0-8014-0774-5)
  • The Double Face of Janus and Other Essays in the History of Medicine Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1977, ISBN 0-8018-1859-1)
  • "On Second Thought" and Other Essays in the History of Medicine and Science. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002.

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See also[edit]

  • Fielding H. Garrison
  • Stevenson, L.G. and Multhan, R.P. Medicine, Science, and Culture: Essays in Honor of Oswei Temkin. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1968.
  • Stevenson, L.G. and Campbell, J.A. Leaders in American Medicine - Owsei Temkin, M.D. DVD videoo. Atlanta, GA: National Medical Audiovisual Center, 1979.*Owsei Temkin at Eighty. Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 1982, vol. 56.