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Hadley, E.E. (1928). Presidential Address. Psychoanal. Rev., 15(4):384-392.

(1928). Psychoanalytic Review, 15(4):384-392

Presidential Address

Ernest E. Hadley, M.D.

Members of The Washington Psychopathological Society:

This seems an appropriate occasion for me to follow the policy of the first President of this Society, Dr. William A. White—the policy of recording one's thoughts about psychiatric problems as he has them—and so express some of the notions related to current psychopathology which I have had. First of all I wish to give you a brief review of the history of this Society which may be said to have arisen out of the notable redivivus to psychiatry brought about by the work of Professor Freud and his students.

Unfortunately, Dr. Oberndorf was not aware of this Society when he wrote the “History of the Psycho-analytic Movement in America” (The Psychoanalytic Review, XIV:281-297—V. particularly p. 291). However, on July 6, 1914, Drs. William A. White, D. Percy Hickling, Bernard Glueck, James Hassall, John E. Lind, and Mary O'Malley met at St. Elizabeths Hospital to organize a Society for the Study of Psycho-analysis. This meeting was called to order by Dr. Lind. After an informal discussion of the subject and purpose of organization, and a motion by Dr. Glueck, Dr. White was appointed President, pro tem, a position to which he was formally elected at the next meeting of the Society. Dr. Hickling was the first Vice-President of the Society and Dr. O'Malley its first Secretary. At the organization meeting of the Society, Dr. Glueck gave “An Abstract of Adler's, The Neurotic Constitution,” which he and Dr. Lind were then translating. The paper was discussed. Dr. White then spoke on “The Libido and its Development.”

The charter members of the newly organized Washington Psycho-analytic Society, in alphabetic order, were: Drs. A. B. Evarts, Bernard Glueck, James Hassall, D. Percy Hickling, John E. Lind, J. J. Madigan, J. P. H. Murphy, Mary O'Malley, Thomas A. Poole, Robert Sheehan, F. M. Shockley, William A. White, and Tom Williams.

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