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Gosselin, R. (1935). William Julian Spring, M.D—1903-1935. Psychoanal Q., 4:513-513.

(1935). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 4:513-513

William Julian Spring, M.D—1903-1935

Raymond Gosselin

We are shocked and saddened to learn of Dr. Spring's sudden, untimely death on July 12, 1935.

Only recently become a member of the New York Psychoanalytic Society, Dr. Spring brought to his work a keenness of intelligence and a fine critical judgment that had already won for him the high regard and professional respect of his colleagues.

He was born in Dresden, Germany, on April 23, 1903, of American parents. He lived in Germany attending the König Georg Gymnasium until he was eleven years old, at which time his parents returned to live in the United States. Here he attended the Collegiate School in Lawrenceville, and entered Columbia University at an early age. He graduated from Columbia University Medical School when he was just twenty-two years old. The high quality of his scholastic achievements was attested by his election to the honorary societies, Phi Beta Kappa, and Alpha Omega Alpha. After six months in pathology at Presbyterian Hospital, he entered St. Luke's Hospital where he worked as interne and resident for two years. Not finding medical practice to his liking, he engaged in a research project in the study of bone tuberculosis which occupied him for two years. This work was done in the Presbyterian Hospital, and the results were published in a series of papers. During this period, partly as a result of ill health, he traveled and studied abroad in Denmark and in Switzerland, and made an extensive trip in South America.

Becoming interested in psychiatry, he worked for two years in the Manhattan State Hospital, following which he obtained an appointment to the staff of the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Hospital, where he had continued as a member of the staff during the past three years. While engaged in this work, he completed his training in psychoanalysis, and was admitted to membership in the New York Psychoanalytic Society in the spring of this year.

In addition to the personal loss that those who had the privilege to know Dr. Spring as a friend must feel, his death is an inestimable loss to that field of endeavor to which he had chosen to devote his unquestionable talents and ability.


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