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Stern, A. (1939). Monroe A. Meyer, M.D.. Psychoanal. Rev., 26(4):599.

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

Monroe A. Meyer, M.D.

Adolph Stern

Dr. Monroe A. Meyer was born in New York City, August 1, 1892. Following his schooling in this city, he continued his education at Cornell, graduating, in medicine, 1916, with exceptionally high standing. His psychiatric training was obtained at Bellevue Hospital; in 1918 he entered the war, and soon thereafter was in charge of the psychiatric division of one of the base hospitals in France.

In 1921 Dr. Meyer went to Vienna to work with Freud, returning to New York a year later. He then went into private practice.

His experience in the war, demanding what Dr. Meyer could so plentifully give, namely, a capacity to act as executive and organizer, and an interest in the psychotically ill, served him well in his work for five years as Adjunct Psychiatrist at Mt. Sinai Hospital, and for many years in his activities connected with Veteran's Hospital No. 81 in New York City.

Dr. Meyer early developed an active psychoanalytic practice. He partook of the scientific activities of the New York Psychoanalytic Society and in its early teaching activities before the establishment of the New York Psychoanalytic Institute in its present home. He acquired a profound knowledge of psychoanalytic literature and a deep, almost uncanny insight into unconsciously determined mechanisms. On the all too few occasions that he took to speak, he evidenced an ability to state his views lucidly and concisely. Whenever he spoke on dream interpretation he displayed a rare knowledge of and insight into the significance of dream structure.

With the finding of a home for the New York Psychoanalytic Institute in September, 1931, Dr. Meyer gave up all outside activities, except private practice, to devote himself whole-heartedly as Executive Director to its organization and development.

The growth of the Institute from the smallest beginnings, with a handful of postgraduate students and no kind of organization, to a smoothly running school with an enrollment at the present time of more than 80 students, is evidence of Dr. Meyer's tireless and devoted efforts and ability. His personality is written into the Institute, an enduring symbol of himself.

Dr. Meyer's untimely death on February 27, 1939, in his forty-seventh year, ended a career, successful for years in many ways, and full of promise for further achievement. His death is a great loss to his colleagues and students of the New York Psychoanalytic Institute.

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