Joanne Greenberg papers

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MS 048

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Joanne Greenberg papers



0.25 cubic feet (1 box)

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Joanne Greenberg was born in Brooklyn, New York, on September 24, 1932. She is best known for the 1964 novel I Never Promised You A Rose Garden, a semi-autobiographical account of her psychiatric treatment at Chestnut Lodge in Rockville, Maryland, and eventual diagnosis of, at the time, schizophrenia. Her primary psychiatrist, Dr. Frieda Fromm-Reichmann, consulted with Dr. Hilde Bruch, who had more experience with adolescent patients, at the beginning of Greenberg’s treatment in the late 1940s.

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Joanne Greenberg Papers contains a cassette and correspondence reprints related to Joanne Greenberg’s relationship with Dr. Hilde Bruch.

Subjects: Correspondence with Hilde Bruch, MD

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No restrictions. Open for research.

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Materials are in good condition.

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Need equipment to play cassette.

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  • English

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Source is unknown. Assumed to be creator.

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No accruals are expected for this collection.

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  • Citation: Joanne Greenberg papers; MS 048; John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center, Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library. Please cite the box and folder numbers where appropriate.

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