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Lorand, S. (1960). Leonard Blumgart—1881–1959. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 41:640-641.

(1960). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 41:640-641

Leonard Blumgart—1881–1959

Sandor Lorand

Dr Leonard Blumgart died on 20 March, 1959 at the age of 78. It was with profound sorrow that we learned of his death. He was one of the pioneers of psycho-analysis in America, and had the courage, tenacity, and faith to begin practice in New York at a time when the atmosphere was not friendly to analysis. There were only a few analysts in New York and none in the rest of the United States.

After graduating from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University, Dr Blumgart served his internship at Lenox Hill Hospital. He served as a volunteer at the New York Psychiatric Institute at Wards Island from 1915 to 1920. He was attending psychiatrist of the Out-Patient Department at Post-Graduate, Polyclinic, and Cornell Hospitals.

In the spring of 1921 Blumgart went to Vienna, together with a small group of psychiatrists, to be analysed by Freud, and remained there until the following year. During his career he was also Associate Attending Psycho-analyst at the Psycho-analytic Clinic for Training and Research of Columbia University. He belonged to various psychiatric societies, being a life member of the American Psychoanalytic Association, and a member of the International Psycho-Analytic Association and the New York Academy of Medicine.

Blumgart was very active in promoting the aims of the Child Study Association in its early beginnings, and wrote papers on the mental hygiene of children.

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