Sam Caperton Cowan, Sr. Biographical File

 Collection — Folder: 01
Identifier: EBL-1101

  • Staff Only


Biographical file contains a photograph and obituary clipping.


  • 1963 - 1963

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Historical or Biographical Note

Dr. Sam Caperton Cowan Sr. graduated from the Vanderbilt School of Medicine in 1909. He was instrumental as a pre-med in establishing a teaching hospital at Vanderbilt University in 1908.

A noted Nashville obstetrician and gynecologist, Cowan practiced for 52 years. In 1914, he set up in Nashville the first free maternity clinic west of New York City. Dr. Cowan was later appointed Professor of Clinical Obstetrics in the Vanderbilt School of Medicine and has been known in educational circles as the "Father of Southern Obstetrics." He retired in September 1961.


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Sam Caperton Cowan, Sr. (1884-1963) biographical file
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Description is inEnglish.

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Part of the VUMC Historical Images and Biographies Repository

Eskind Biomedical Library
2209 Garland Ave.
Nashville TN 37232


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