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Schlumberger, M. (1939). Dr. J. F. Wittmann. Psychoanal. Rev., 26(4):598-599.

(1939). Psychoanalytic Review, 26(4):598-599

Obituaries

Dr. J. F. Wittmann

Marc Schlumberger

Jean Frois-Wittmann died in Paris on October 2, 1937, in his forty-sixth year, carried off in less than a week by an acute infectious disease. He started his adult life as a painter, being a remarkably gifted draughtsman, and had joined the Cubist movement when came the Great War with all its human suffering. He was given work at the American Hospital in Neuilly and gathered there a concrete experience of the emotions of mankind such that after the war he felt the need for an active interest in human behavior and psychology.

He then left France for the United States where he worked his way through the course of Psychology at Princeton University with the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. His thesis, entitled “The Judgment of Facial Expression,” was printed in April, 1930, in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, Vol. XIII, No. 2.

It was during his stay in the U.S.A. that Jean Frois-Wittmann came into contact with psychoanalysis to which he immediately took wholeheartedly. He met Sandor Ferenczi and followed his course of lectures; he read extensively and soon was taken as an assistant in Clarke's clinic. After a time he had to return to France, reluctantly, for he had given his heart to America and was assured of a future there, but he had an urge to fight the battle for psychoanalysis where he thought he was most needed. With undaunted courage he started, at thirty-nine, his medical course in Paris and he should have taken his degree the year after he died. He had been a member of the French Psychoanalytical Society since 1932.

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