Thomas Dwight

Thomas Dwight (1843–1911) was an American physician, anatomist and teacher.

Thomas Dwight
Thomas Dwight with skull, 1896.
Thomas Dwight with skull, 1896.
BornOctober 13, 1843
Boston, Massachusetts
DiedSeptember 8, 1911 (1911-09-09) (aged 67)
Nahant, Massachusetts
Occupationphysician, anatomist and professor.
SpouseSarah C. Iasigi


Thomas Dwight was born on October 13, 1843 in Boston, Massachusetts.[1] His father was also named Thomas Dwight (born September 27, 1807 – 1876 [2]), part of the New England Dwight family. His mother was Mary Collins Warren (b. Jan 19, 1816-Oct 22. 1900 [3]), whose father John Collins Warren (1778 –1856), and grandfather John Warren (1753–1815) were both surgeons.[4]

Dr John Collins Warren with skull 1850

Dwight joined the Catholic Church in 1856, and graduated from the Harvard Medical School in 1867. After studying abroad, he was instructor in comparative anatomy at Harvard College, 1872–1873, he also lectured at Bowdoin College. He succeeded Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. as Parkman professor of anatomy at Harvard Medical School in 1883. In the Warren Museum of Anatomy at Harvard, Dwight arranged a section of osteology, considered one of the best in existence, and he had an international reputation as an anatomist.[5] Among his writings are: "Frozen Sections of a Child" (1872); "Clinical Atlas of Variations of the Bones of the Hands and Feet" (1907); "Thoughts of a Catholic Anatomist" (1911),[6] a valuable work of Christian apologetics.[7]

Dwight died September 8, 1911 in Nahant, Massachusetts, at age 68.[8][9]

Selected worksEdit


Man standing in a pose close to Durvasasana, an asana in hatha yoga. Figure 12 in Dwight's "The Anatomy of a Contortionist", 1889



  1. ^ Kelly, Howard A.; Burrage, Walter L. (eds.). "Dwight, Thomas" . American Medical Biographies . Baltimore: The Norman, Remington Company.
  2. ^ Death date Cataloge of the Officers of Harvard Class of 1827 pub 1905
  3. ^ Death date Authority of James Archer O'Reilly III, author "Memorials of the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati" pub 2004 Boston
  4. ^ Benjamin Woodbridge Dwight (1874). The History of the Descendants of John Dwight, of Dedham, Mass. 2. J.F. Trow & Son, printers and bookbinders. p. 893.
  5. ^ Windle, Bertram (1912). "Thomas Dwight." In: Twelve Catholic Men of Science. London: Catholic Truth Society, pp. 225–247.
  6. ^ "A Catholic Anatomist," The New York Times, August 27, 1911.
  7. ^ "Thomas Dwight". New Catholic Dictionary. 1910. Archived from the original on September 24, 2012. Retrieved January 26, 2011.
  8. ^ "Thomas Dwight, M.D., LL.D". The Anatomical Record. 5 (11): 531–539. 1911. doi:10.1002/ar.1090051104. S2CID 221399971.
  9. ^ "Dr. Dwight Thomas Dead," The New York Times, September 9, 1911.

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