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Adolf Meyer teaching materials


Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

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Adolf Meyer was born September 13, 1866 in Switzerland. He immigrated to the United States in 1892. Much of his teaching has been incorporated into U.S. psychiatric theory and practice. He had a thorough background in neurophysiology, and he coined the term psychobiology to encompass the social, psychological, and biological factors that influence a patient's condition. In 1908 Meyer became professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1909, he was named psychiatrist-in-chief, and he retired in 1941.

One volume is a collection of Meyer's lecture materials for his classes in psychobiology, psychopathology, and personality study at Johns Hopkins University. These materials were in use at some point between 1908 and 1941, when he worked at the university. These materials include questions, analysis of studies, dense content, and outlines. Pages are typed but include several handwritten notes and additions. A worksheet from the Johns Hopkins Hospital is attached to the back of the book, where past studies/tests performed are listed and described. It is named Dr. Patry and dated July 15, 1930. The second book consists of student questions and answers from his classes on psychobiology in 1921.

Lecture materials as Volume I, student questions and answers as Volume II.

Purchased from Paulinus Rare Books, July 2023

Processed by Alex Murray, completed October 2023.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Alex Murray
Finding Aid Date
October, 2023
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17)

Collection Inventory

Lecture materials.
Volume 1
Student questions and answers.
Volume 2

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