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Pavenstedt, E. (1973). Marian Cabot Putnam. Psychoanal. St. Child, 28:17-20.

(1973). Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 28:17-20

Marian Cabot Putnam

Eleanor Pavenstedt, M.D.

MARIAN CABOT PUTNAM DIED ON THANKSGIVING NIGHT IN 1971 OF A heart attack. She was 79 years old. Fortunately she lived to see the publication of James Jackson Putnam and Psychoanalysis. During her last years, preparatory work on this book, the selection of letters, and the collaboration with Nathan J. Hale, Jr., its editor, had preoccupied her most of the time. At the party celebrating the publication of this book, she spoke with devotion of her father, whom she deeply revered. She was strongly identified with him and shared his clinical and scientific interests.

Following in his footsteps, she went to medical school. When Harvard Medical School refused to change its policy of not admitting women—despite the protest voiced by James Putnam—she followed other young women from New England to Johns Hopkins.

Just a year before Molly's graduation from medical school in 1921, Edwards Park was invited to Yale to head up the newly established department of pediatrics. Molly joined him in Europe that summer to visit pediatric services. Ned Park subsequently asked Molly to be one of his first interns. The head resident of this group, Martha Eliot, still remembers Molly's sensitive approach to children who invariably responded. It was the human side of pediatrics that interested Molly and in particular the relationship between the child and his parents.

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