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Brill, A.A. (1943). Isador H. Coriat—1875–1943. Psychoanal Q., 12:400-402.

(1943). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 12:400-402

Isador H. Coriat—1875–1943

A. A. Brill

After a brief illness of only about ten days, Isador H. Coriat died on May 26, 1943. He was born on December 10, 1875 in Philadelphia, where he lived and studied until 1897. He obtained his M.D. degree in 1900 from the Tufts Medical College (Boston). It is noteworthy that his active scientific career began before he graduated from the medical school; conjointly with Dr. A. E. Austin, he wrote A Laboratory Manual for Clinical and Physiological Chemistry, which was published in 1898. But Coriat evidently decided not to devote himself to organic medicine, for as soon as he obtained his medical degree he became an assistant physician in the Worcester State Hospital. His first two years of psychiatric apprenticeship were thus under the tutelage of Adolf Meyer, who at the time directed the clinical and pathological work of that hospital. Coriat often spoke feelingly of these years, leaving no doubt that, like so many others, he was deeply influenced by Dr. Meyer. After five years of psychiatric interneship he entered private practice in Boston, where he lived and worked until he died.

Coriat's psychiatric career was that of an energetic and versatile scientist. Even a rapid survey of his activities and productions shows that he actively participated in everything new that came into being in psychopathology from 1900 until his death. Indeed, his works reflect the development of psychopathology in this country during this century.

Towards the end of the last, and the beginning of this century, Boston was the scientific center of psychopathological study and experimentation. Modern psychiatry was represented by Adolf Meyer, while Morton Prince, Boris Sidis, and others devoted themselves to the psychopathology of the French school.

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