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Robert Willan

Robert WillanBorn: 12-Nov-1757
Birthplace: Sedbergh, Yorkshire, England
Died: 17-Apr-1812
Location of death: Funchal, Madeira, Portugal [1]
Cause of death: Tuberculosis
Remains: Buried, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

Gender: Male
Religion: Quaker
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Doctor

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Dermatologist, On cutaneous diseases

Following the example of Carolus Linnaeus, Willan attempted a taxonomic classification of skin diseases, describing impetigo, lupus, psoriasis, sceloderma, ichthyosis, sycosis, and pemphigus. For many years, his portrait adorned the cover of the British Journal of Dermatology.


[1] There in convalescence.

Father: (physician, d. 1770)
Mother: Ann Weatherald (m. 1745)
Brother: Richard (d. 1920)
Wife: Mary (m. 1800)

    High School: Sedbergh School
    Medical School:
MD, University of Edinburgh (1777-80)

    Royal Society 1809
    Royal College of Physicians 1785

Author of books:
The History of the Ministry of Jesus Christ (1786, religion)
A Practical Synopsis on Cutaneous Diseases, Vol. I (1808, dermatology)
A Practical Treatise on Porrigo or Scalded Head, and on Impetigo (1814, dermatology)
A Practical Synopsis on Cutaneous Diseases, Vol. II (1817, dermatology, completed by Thomas Bateman)


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