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Meyer, B.C. (1972). Philip Weissman, M.D—1911-1972. Psychoanal Q., 41:615.
(1972). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 41:615
Philip Weissman, M.D—1911-1972
Bernard C. Meyer
A grievous loss was suffered by many of us when Dr. Philip Weissman died on February 27, 1972, at the age of sixty-one. No catalogue of his gifts and achievements can adequately convey a true image of the man who in both his professional and personal life displayed a fervent and complete engagement.
Aside from his skill as a therapist and his talents as a teacher, Dr. Weissman enjoyed a well-deserved reputation for his theoretical studies in psychoanalysis and for his work in the field of creative imagination, notably in literature and the theater. In addition to his perceptive papers on Eugene O'Neill, Tennessee Williams, Shaw, Hemingway, and others, his book, Creativity in the Theatre is highly esteemed. Included in this volume is a paper dealing with the psychological determinants of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln which may rightly be viewed as a model for the informed and sophisticated enrichment of history and biography by the insights of psychoanalysis.
Dr. Weissman's death brought a painful void as well as a sense of deep sorrow to his family, his colleagues, and his innumerable friends who loved him for his keen intelligence, his engaging character, his subtle humor and puckish playfulness, and his capacity for warm and enduring friendships.
He is survived by his wife and two sons, Dr. Stephen M. Weissman, a psychiatrist, and Julian Weissman, a writer.
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