Adolf Meyer Biography

Adolf Meyer

Who is Adolf Meyer ?

Adolf Meyer was a swiss psychiatrist founder of a school of thought called: Psychobiology. That concept has had a notable influence on psychiatric development. Meyer brought the term “Psychobiology” into the foreground of the Psychiatry.

He was director of the New York State Psychiatric Institute, director of the Henry Phipps Psychiatric Clinic and professor of Psychiatry at the John Hopkins Medical School.

Adolf Meyer developed a dynamic system, and emphasized the pathological evolution of the symptoms of the psychiatric disorders in term of the presenting facts. This psychiatrist created a unique attitude toward the individual as a totality and the concept of integration with the total individual as a unit.

Adolf Meyer formulated through the subsequent years the reaction type of behavior and his concepts of “Social Adjustment“. He also brought “Social Work” into Psychiatry.

Some publications of Meyer are:

Objective Psychology or Psychobiology with subordination of Medically Useless Contrast of Mental and Physical”, publised in JAMA, and “Thirty-five years of Psychiatry in the United States and our present outlook”, edited by The American Psychiatric Association.

(Edited by Dr. María Moya Guirao, MD)

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