Psychiatry’s Most Misunderstood Founding Father: Adolf Meyer

Susan Lamb, University of Ottawa

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 6:00pm

New York Academy of Medicine (New York, NY)

1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029


Adolf Meyer (1866-1950) exercised unparalleled influence over the development of American psychiatry during the twentieth century—intellectually, professionally, and publicly. The biological concepts and clinical methods he implemented and taught at his prominent Phipps Psychiatric Clinic at Johns Hopkins between 1910 and 1941 remain significant to psychiatric practice and neuroscientific research, and to public perceptions of mental health and illness today. Meyer’s person-centered theories spark heated controversy within American psychiatry today; are psychiatric disorders to be considered disease or non-normative character traits? Join Professor Susan Lamb, author of Pathologist of the Mind: Adolf Meyer and the Origins of American Psychiatry (Johns Hopkins, 2014), to rediscover psychiatry’s most misunderstood founding father.

Advanced registration is required. 
This lecture is presented in partnership with the Heberden Society of Weill Cornell Medical School.