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Klein, S. (1958). Philip R. Lehrman, M.D—1895—1958. Bul. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 14:380-382.
   

(1958). Bulletin of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 14:380-382

Philip R. Lehrman, M.D—1895—1958

Sidney Klein, M.D.

After a long course of increasingly frequent coronary episodes, Philip Lehrman died suddenly on February 4, at one A.M. All through that trying and even hazardous period, he never deviated from the usual graciousness, and thoughtfulness, so characteristic of him since I first knew him, over thirty-five years ago.

He came to the United States at the age of ten, completed his secondary education, and entered Fordham University Medical School. His classmates remember him admiringly as he carried on, despite economic pressures and the need to earn his way, until graduation in 1918. He spent the next year and a half at the St. Lawrence State Hospital at Ogdensburg, N.Y. While a resident at the St. Lawrence State Hospital, he met A. A. Brill, who occasionally made visits there. Stimulated by Brill, Lehrman became an ardent psychoanalytic student and learned a great deal from the psychoses at this hospital. In 1919, on returning to New York, he resumed his tutelage under Dr. Brill, with whom he developed a rich and loyal friendship which lasted until the death of Dr. Brill.

At this time, he joined the staff of the Neurological Department at the Vanderbilt Clinic, which was under the professorship of Frederick Tilney of Columbia. Those were the days when psychiatry was in the domain of neurology, and psychoanalysis was tolerated and condoned only half-heartedly. However, Philip Lehrman continued here most productively for nine years, and gently but firmly impressed upon the staff the significance and therapeutic potency of psychoanalysis. His presentation at a Vanderbilt Clinic staff conference and at the N.Y.

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