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His approach gained national attention within two years of its introduction. From to he worked at the Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington DC as a clinical professor at the department of psychiatry, and later as director of family programs and founder of a Family Center.
He had a half-time research and teaching appointment. His research focused on human interactions rather than symptomatic cubicles. Bowen even focused on the prodromal states that precede medical diagnoses. For Bowen each concept was extended, and woven into physical, emotional, and social illness. Bowen criticized psychiatry's penchant for diagnosing and treating mental illness as of limited usefulness and ultimately a dead end.
This new work went beyond other family systems theories, and contrasted sharply with Freudian theory. In addition to his research and teaching, Bowen had other faculty appointments and consultancies. He was visiting professor in a variety of medical schools, including at the University of Maryland from to and at the Medical College of Virginia at Richmond from to He 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.
Bowen was the first president of the American Family Therapy Association from to He died of lung cancer in In November , Bowen's papers were donated to the U. National Library of Medicine. Bowen wrote about fifty papers, book chapters, and monographs based on his radically new relationships-based theory of human behavior. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article has multiple issues.
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