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Physiologist. B. April 4, 1840, Boston, Massachusettes; d. March 13, 191, Boston. B.A., 1861, M.A., 1866, M.D., 1868, Harvard University; hon. D.Sc., Cambridge; hon. LL.D., Edinburgh, Toronto, Pennsylvania and Harvard universitites. M. 1871, Selma Knauth: 5 d., 2 s. Rose from second lieutenant to major during Civil War, serving from 1861 to 1865 with the Massachusettes Volunteer Cavalry. Member: Massachusettes Medical Society, American Medical Assn., American Phsyciological Society (fist president, 1887); American Society of Naturalist (president, 1898); Congress of American Physicians and Surgeons (president, 1900); American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Assn. for the Advancement of Science.

In 1871, after study in Europe under the physiologist Claude Bernard and the neurologist Jean Charcot, Dr. Bowditch became an assistant professor of physiology at Harvard University Medical School, where he established the country's first physiological laboratory. He became a full professor in 1876, served from 1883 to 1803 as dean of the medical school, which he is credited with radically modernizing, and retired in 1906 as George Higginson Professor of Physiology (1889; 2nd ed., 1904), and contributed soem 65 papers to medical and scholarly journals, many of them concerning his own important work on the functions of the heart and nerves. A founding member of the American Society for Psychical Research and a corresponding member of the Society for Psychical Research, London, he was particulary interested in the experiments and investigations of his friends William James and Richard Hodgson (qq.v.).

Taken from Helene Pleasants (1964) Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology with Directory and Glossary 1946-1996 NY: Garrett Publications



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