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Frosch, J. (1967). Sidney Tarachow—1908–1965. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 48:321-322.

(1967). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 48:321-322

Sidney Tarachow—1908–1965

John Frosch

After lingering for one month between life and death following a heart attack, Sidney Tarachow died on 6th December 1965 at the age of 57. Those who were close to him experienced each day the fluctuations of mood which accompanied every sign of improvement or worsening, until quite suddenly and quietly, just as the Fall meetings of the American Psychoanalytic Association were drawing to a close, he breathed his last.

It is difficult for one who was close to Sidney Tarachow to appraise objectively his position in the field of psycho-analysis apart from him as a human being. His versatility, variety of interests, and indefatigable curiosity led him into activities of such dimensions that one cannot hope to do justice in so brief a statement to the many-sidedness of his personality.

Born in Russia, and brought to America as a child where he spent his developmental years in Milwaukee, he received first his medical degree from Marquette University, and subsequently a Doctorate of Medical Science from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. He trained in Neurology, and then worked in his earlier years with problems in delinquency. While associated in a visiting capacity at the Mount Sinai and Beth Israel Hospitals, he undertook his psycho-analytic training at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute.

This was a period of Sturm und Drang in psycho-analytic circles, which finally exploded into the formation of dissenting groups, which broke away from the New York Psychoanalytic Institute.

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