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Oberndorf, C.P. (1943). Isador Henry Coriat. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 24:93-94.

(1943). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 24:93-94

Isador Henry Coriat

C. P. Oberndorf

Dr. Isador Henry Coriat died on May 26, 1943, and with him passed a personality closely identified with psycho-analysis from its earliest days in New England and America. Although he was born in Philadelphia on December 10th, 1875, he resided from boyhood in Boston and graduated from the Tufts Medical School of Boston in 1900. Thus Dr. Coriat was one of the few surviving American psycho-analysts who entered the field of medicine and psychopathology before any knowledge of psycho-analysis had reached America.

Immediately after his graduation from medical school Dr. Coriat became associated as an Assistant Physician with the Worcester State Hospital for Mental Disorders, where he remained until 1905. There as a young man he came under the influence of Dr. Adolph Meyer, who up to 1902 was Director of Clinical Psychiatry. After a thorough indoctrination with psychiatric knowledge through his long service at Worcester, Dr. Coriat began private practice in Boston, which he continued up to the time of his death.

When he entered practice, the leader of psychiatric thought in Boston was the brilliant Morton Prince, who followed the French school of psycho-pathology, then dominated by Pierre Janet and Déjerine. The Journal of Abnormal Psychology had recently been founded by Prince, and Dr. Coriat soon became an active worker with Prince's group and a frequent contributor to the Journal.

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