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Shoenfeld, D.D. (1959). Adolph Stern, M.D—1878-1958. Bul. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 15:381-382.

(1959). Bulletin of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 15:381-382

Adolph Stern, M.D—1878-1958

Dudley D. Shoenfeld, M.D.

Dr. Adolph Stern, who for more than half a century had been an active participant in the progressive development of psychiatry and psychoanalysis in these United States, died August 22, 1958. He was born in the year 1878 and received his B.A. degree from the College of the City of New York in 1898. Adolph was graduated from the Columbia University medical College in 1903 and spent the next three years as a Resident Physician at the King's Park State Hospital.

Following his basic training in medicine, neurology and psychiatry he began the practice of medicine in New York City. This was at a time when most of the medical practitioners and specialists were markedly resistant to psychoanalysis and even the name Freud. However, because of his early awareness of the value and the potentials of Freud's theories, Adoph became one of the small group always referred to as pioneers.

Some of his papers had been published prior to his being elected a member of the New York Psychoanalytic Society and the American Psychoanalytic Association in 1915. When the membership was still very small and the meetings of the New York Psychoanalytic Society and those of its functioning committees were held at the homes of different members, Adolph's living room was always available. He presented papers at the meetings and constructively participated in discussing those read by his colleagues.

An early, primary interest pertained to the need for formulation of rules and regulation in training physicians who wished to become qualified psychoanalysts and the establishment of the Psychoanalytic Institute. With Stern as the Chairman of the Training Committee in 1929, applicants for training in psychoanalysis were offered the first lectures and seminars on technique, and he was one of the incorporators when the Psychoanalytic Institute was officially founded in 1932.

Adolph was affiliated with the Neurological and Vanderbilt Clinic from 1914 to 1917. During the years 1920 to 1922 he was a very active Co-Chief of Dr. Oberndorf in the Mental Hygiene Clinic of the Mount Sinai Hospital. Most of the men in this department were psychoanalytically oriented or qualified psychoanalysts. Dr. Stern's influence as a therapist and instructor was of great value. The Clinic served the needs of the hospital and various social service community organizations.

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