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.
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.