17 Facts About Murray Bowen


Murray Bowen was an American psychiatrist and a professor in psychiatry at Georgetown University.

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Murray Bowen was born in 1913 as the oldest of five and grew up in the small town of Waverly, Tennessee, where his father was the mayor for some time.

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Murray Bowen earned his BS in 1934 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

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Murray Bowen received his MD in 1937 at the Medical School of the University of Tennessee in Memphis.

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From 1954 to 1959, Murray Bowen worked at the National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, Maryland.

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Murray Bowen continued to develop the theory based in systematic therapy which viewed the family as an emotional unit, later known as Bowen Theory.

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Murray Bowen's approach gained national attention within two years of its introduction.

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Murray Bowen did research on parents who lived with one adult schizophrenic child, which he thought could provide a paradigm for all children.

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Murray Bowen's research focused on human interaction within the family “unit” or system.

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Murray Bowen focused on the prodromal states that preceded a medical diagnosis.

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Murray Bowen's colleagues have described him as having “an unrelenting conviction that theory is the most important foundation for psychiatry, family theory, and other practice fields.

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Murray Bowen was visiting professor in a variety of medical schools, including at the University of Maryland from 1956 to 1963 and at the Medical College of Virginia at Richmond from 1964 to 1978.

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Murray Bowen was a life fellow at the American Psychiatric Association and at the American Orthopsychiatric Association, and a life member at the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry.

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Murray Bowen was on the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 1961 and first president at the American Family Therapy Association.

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Murray Bowen was the first president of the American Family Therapy Association from 1978 to 1982.

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In November 2002, Murray Bowen's papers were donated to the US National Library of Medicine.

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Murray Bowen wrote about fifty papers, book chapters, and monographs based on his radically new relationships-based theory of human behavior.

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