Eugen Kahn, MD papers

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Eugen Kahn, MD papers


  • 1887-1973 (Creation)


7 cubic feet (14 boxes)

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Dr. Eugen Kahn was born in Stuttgart, Germany, on May 20, 1887. He was educated at Heidelberg, Berlin, and then at Munich, receiving his MD in 1911. He spent the next 18 years in Munich as an assistant and associate on the staff of the Psychiatric Clinic, in close association with Dr. Emil Kraepelin.

In 1930 Dr. Kahn went to Yale University, where he served not only as Sterling Professor of Psychiatry and Mental Hygiene but as Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry until 1946. He also served as Psychiatrist-in-Chief of the New Haven Hospital.

Dr. Kahn then moved to Switzerland, where he remained until 1951. In that year he returned to America, coming to Baylor College of Medicine in Houston Texas to serve on the full-time staff of the Department of Psychiatry as a Professor until 1962; for one of those years he served as Acting Chairman of the Department. After 1962 he was Professor Emeritus at Baylor. During his 22 years in Houston, Dr. Kahn was a research associate in psychiatry at the Houston State Psychiatric Institute (Texas Research Institute of Mental Sciences/ University of Texas Mental Sciences Institute) and a consultant in psychiatry at the Veterans Administration Hospital.

Dr. Kahn's entire career was spent in teaching, research, and scholarly activities. He read and wrote on a broad range of topics. He published at least 120 papers, hundreds of book reviews, and four books, the best know of which is Psychopathic Personalities. The last book, The Past Is Not Past, was published in 1962.

Adapted from American Journal of Psychiatry 130:7, 822, July 1973.

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The files contain curriclum vita and lists compiled by Dr. Kahn of his published and unpublished writings. Correspondence contains letters between Dr. Alex D. Pokorny, Mrs. Kahn and others following Dr. Kahn's death. Photographs of Dr. Kahn with other professors in 1960 and ca. 1930 (with some identification) are included.

Copies, most original reprints from the journals, of all published articles and copies of all unpublished writings, which were frequently given as lectures, are in the collection. Some of the published articles are in German. An unpublished manuscript for a longer work, The Eternal Psychopath, is included.

The files also contain copies of reports to the Dean at Yale, annual reports (Baylor 1957-58, 1959-60), correspondence with Dr. H. Schipperges, reprints of Dr. Kraepelin's writings, and reviews of Dr. Kahn's writing and miscellaneous writings by others.

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The papers are arranged in the order shown in the Scope and Contents. Given the nature and size of the collection, the collection is not divided into series. The titles of the original folders were maintained during processing. The reprints of Dr. Kahn's articles were not in folders. They were arranged chronologically and separated by time periods as shown on the lists of writings. The same holds true for the unpublished material. Bibliographic information was added based on information on the actual reprints.

Note: Some of the material in this collection is in the German language.

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Einige Beobachtungen uber Farbenunterscheidung bei Kindern: Inaugural-Dissertation. Munchen: Rudolph Muller & Steinicke, 1911.

Psychopathie und Revolution. 1919. Muenchener Medizinische Wochenschrift Nr. 34, 22 August 1919.

Psychopathen als revolutionareFuhrer, 1919. Zeitschrift fur die gesamte Neurologie und Psychiatrie 52, 90-106, 1919.

Referat uber den sensitiven Beziehungswahn and die mehrdimensionale Diagnostic Kretschmers: XI Aus den wissenschaftlichen Sitzungen der Deutschen Forschungsanstalt for Psychiatrie in Munchen. Sitzung 13, 1919. Zeitschrift fur die gesamte Neurologie und Psychiatrie Ref. 20(1), 69-86, 1919.

Noch einmal Polemisches zu Kretschmers sensitivem Beziehungswahn, 1920. Zeitschrift fur die gesamte Neurologie und Psychiatrie 57 (1/5), 257-258, 1920.

Erbbiologisch-klinische Betrachtungen und Versuche, 1920. Zeitschrift fur die gesamte Neurologie und Psychiatrie 61, 264-303, 1920. Also: preprint.

Erorterungen uber die Beziehungen zwischen Erbbiologie und klinischer Psychiatrie. Sitzung vom 6.VII, 1920.

Konstitution, Erbbiologie und Psychiatrie, 1920. . Zeitschrift fur die gesamte Neurologie und Psychiatrie 57 (1/5), 280-311, 1920.

E alcoholismo y la Guerra,1920. Vox medica: Revista mensual de medicina & cirugia 3 (1), 62-64, 1920.

Zur Frage des schizophrenen Reaktionstypus,1920. Zeitschrift fur die gesamte Neurologie und Psychiatrie 66 (1/5), 273-282, 1921.

Uber die Bedeutung der Erbkonstitution fur die Entstehung, den Aufban und die Systematik der Erscheinungsformen des Irreseins. ,1921. Zeitschrift fur die gesamte Neurologie und Psychiatrie 74 (1/3), 69-102, 1921.

Schizoid und Schizophrenie im Erbgang : Beitrag zu den erblichen Beziehungen der Schizophrenie und des Schizoids mit besonderer Berücksichtigung der Nachkommenschaft schizophrener Ehepaare ,1923. Studien über Vererbung und Entstehung geistiger Störungen ;; 4; Monographien aus dem Gesamtgebiete der Neurologie und Psychiatrie,; 36; 144 p, 1923.

Uber Zurechnungsfahigkeit bei Schizophrenen,1923. Aus Monatsschrift fur Kriminalpsychologie 14, 1923.

Zur Frage des schizophrenen Reaktionstypus,1923. Zeitschrift fur die gesamte Neurologie und Psychiatrie 66 (1/5), 273-282, 1921.

Demonstration praseniler Verblodungsprozesse: Aus den wissenschaftlichen Sitzungen der Deutschen Forschungsanstalt fur Psychiatri (Kaiser-Wilhelm-Institut) in Munchen Sitzg. V. 20, XI,1924. Zentralblatt für die gesamte Neurologie und Psychiatrie 40 (11/12), 733-735, 1924. Also: proof page.

Erbbiologisch-psychiatrische Ubersicht,1925. Zeitschrift fur inductive Abstammungs- und Berebungslehre 38, 75-83, 1925. Also: proof pages.

Unfallereignis und Unfallerlebnis,1925. Munchener Medizinische Wochenschrift, 1458-1459, August 28, 1925.

Uber Ehepaare mit affektiven Psychosen und ihre Kinder,1926. Zeitschrift fur die gesamte Neurologie und Psychiatrie 101, 244-270, 1926. Also: proof with comments.

Erbbiologische Einleitung,1925. Handbuch der Psychiatrie.; Allgemeiner Teil ;; 1. Abt., 3. T, 73 pages,1925.

Psychopathien und psychogene Reaktionen,1927. Archiv fur Psychiatrie und Nervenkrankheiten 80 (1/2), 55-85, 1927.

Wie stellt sich die Psychiatrie zur Beurteilung der FrageDementia praecox und Kriegsdienstbeschadigung?,1926. Munchener Medizinische Wochenschrift 20, 1926.

Ueber Reizbarkeit im manisch-depressiven Irresein,1926. Munchener Medizinische Wochenschrift 32, 1926.

Manisch-depressiven Irresein,1927. Archiv fur Psychiarie und Nervenkrankheiten 80 (1/2), 4-38, 1927. Also: proof with notes.

Ueber psychopathische Verlaufe,1927. Munchener Medizinische Wochenschrift 33, 1927. Also: proof.

Bemerkungen zur Frage der Organminderwertigkeit,1928. Der Nervenharzt 1(1), 43-46 1928.

Ueber Wahnbildung,1929. Archiv fur Psychiarie und Nervenkrankheiten 88(3), 435-454, 1929.

Handworterbuch der medizinischen Psychologie, ed. Birnbaum, Karl,1930. Sections by Eugen Kahn: Erbbiologie (125-128), Konstitution (272-276),Vererbung (psychische) (644-648). Leipzig, G. Thieme, 1930.

Modern Problems in Psychiatry,1930. Translated from German. The American Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc. Note: Advance printing.

Handworterbuch der psychischen hygiene,1931. Sections by Eugen Kahn: Lebensfreude (245-248), Psychiatrie (292-296) Psychopathie (320-323), Berlin, Gruyter, 1931..

Conflict and Integration in Schizophrenic Development,1932. Louis H. Cohen co-author. American Journal of Psychiatry 11(6), 1026-1034, 1932.

The Potentialty for Change in Personality,1932. Louis H. Cohen co-author. American Journal of Psychiatry 12(3), 523-529, 1932.

Constitutional Aspects of Personality Types: With Special Consideration of the Cycloid and Schizoid, Chapter IX,1933. The Proceedings of the Association for Research in Nervous and Mental Disease 14, 138-149, 1933.

Organic Drivenness A Brain-stem Syndrome and an Experience: with Case Reports, 1934. Louis H. Cohen co-author. New England Journal of Medicine 210(14) 748-756, April 5, 1934.

Concerning Pick's Disease,1934. Lloyd J. Thompson co-author. American Journal of Psychiatry 13(5), 937-946, March 5, 1934.

Crime and Personality,1934. The Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine 7(1), 12 pages, October, 1934.

Psychoses Complicating Other Diseases,1935. The Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine 7(3), 215-223, January, 1935.

Schizophrenia,1936. Louis Cohen co-author. Chapter 46 in Practioners Library Of Medicine & Surgery, New York, Appleton, 1145-92, 1936.

Beside Teaching: Consideration of the Patient's Emotional Response to Case Discussion,1936. Grover F. Powers co-author. The Journal of the American Medical Association 107, 639-641, August 29, 1936.

The Way of Experiencing as a Psychiatric Concept,1936. Psychological Monographs 47, 381-389, 1936.

The Psychopathic Personalities, Chapter 5,1936. Book not identified.

Symposium on Anxiety Conditions,1938. Journal of the Connecticut State Medical Society, January, 1938.

Experiential Aspects of Huntington's Chorea,1938. The American Journal of Psychiatry 95(3), 717-727, 1938.

A Clinical Note on a Self-fellator,1938. Ernest G. Lion co-author. American Journal of Psychiatry 95(1), 131-133, 1938.

Syphilis and Psychiatry,1938. Title of publication not shown, 481, October, 1938.

Sensitivity,1939. Helen G. Richter co-author. American Journal of Psychiatry 96(3), 609-622, November, 1939.

Cerebral Cortical Calcification Simulating Pick's Disease,1939. Ernest G. Lion, Harry M Zimmerman co-authors. American Journal of Psychiatry 95(5), 1027-1033, March, 1939.

Symposium on Behavior Problems in Children,1939. Journal of The Connecticut State Medical Society 3(1), January, 1939.

The Way of Experiencing as a Psychiatric Concept,1936. Psychological Monographs 47, 381-389, 1936.

Problems of Middle Age,1940. Leo W. Simmons co-author. The Yale Review, 29, 349-363, 1940.

The Way of Experiencing as a Psychiatric Concept,1936. Psychological Monographs 47, 381-389, 1936.

Old Age and Aging: Psychiatric Aspects, Discussion,1940. The American Journal of Orthopsychiatry 10(1), 69-72, January, 1940.

Some Aspects of the Normal Personality Experiencing Disease,1941. The Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine 13(3), 397-408, January, 1941.

Similarity-Dissimilarity,1940. Diseases of the Nervous System 1(7), 4 pages, July, 1940.

How to Overcome the Smoking Habit,1941. Edwin F. Gildea co-author. The Connecticut State Medical Journal 5(12), 886-889, December, 1941.

Psychiatric Contraindications to Marriage,1941. The Connecticut State Medical Journal 5(9), 684-687, September, 1941.

Mental Manifestations in Cardio-vascular Disease,1943. The Connecticut State Medical Journal 7(10), 683-686, October, 1943.

Attitudes of Medical Students toward Psychiatry,1945. Frederick C. Redlich and Margaret Keller co-authors. The Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine 17(5), 611-632, May 5, 1945.

The Lawyer and the Psychiatrist,1947. Connecticut Bar Journal 21(2), 112-122, April, 1947.

Correspondence: Re "Euthanasia" in Nazi Germany,1949. American Journal of Psychiatry, 470-471, 1949.

Betrachtungen zum Problem der Psychopathie,1949. Monatsschrift for Psychiatrie und Neurologie 118(3/4), 242-251, 1949.

Uber Bedeutung und Beziehung im anankastischen und paranoischen Erleben,1950. Monatsschrift for Psychiatrie und Neurologie 119(2), 65-78, 1950.

Eine Bemerkung zum problem der cyclothymen Depression,1950. Der Nervenarzt 21(12), 507-508, December, 1950.

Comptes Rendus des Seances: Psychopatholgie Generale ,1950. Actualites Scientifiques et Industrielles 1168 Premier Congres Mondial de Psychiatrie, 114-121,1950.

Uber refe und Reifen,1951. Schweizer Archiv fur Neurologie und Psychiatrie 67(1), 46-51, 1951.

Erwagungen uber Raum- und Zeiterleben,1951. Monatsschrift fur Psychiatrie und Neurologie 122(1/2), 31 pages, 1951.

Ein bescheiderner Appell an unsere Freunde, die Daseinsanalytiker ,1951. Der Nervenarzt 22(9), 350-351, September, 1951.

Randbemerkungen zum schizophrenen Erleben,1951. Monatsschrift fur Psychiatrie und Neurologie 121(2/3), 65-77, 1951.

Was ist das Schizophrene am Schizophrenen?,1951. Monatsschrift fur Psychiatrie und Neurologie 124(4/5), 328-333, 1952.

The Medical Student and Psychiatry,1952. Warren T. Brown co-author. Southern Medical Journal 45(2), 161-163, February, 1952.

Endogenous and Exogenous Depressions,1954. Postgraduate Medicine 16(4), 330-333, October, 1954.

Ueber Erlebensfahigkeit und Erlebensbereitschaft,1956. Medizinische Klinik 51(4), 125-126, January, 1956.

Verstandigung und Verstandlichkeit,1958. Confinia psychiatrica 1, 64-67, 1958.

Patientenwunsche und arztliche Aufgabe,1958. Medizinische Klinik 53(6), 205-207, February, 1958.

Of Schizophrenia and the Schizophrenic,1958. Vernon Kinross-Wright co-author. The American Journal of Psychiatry 114(8), 703-706, February, 1958.

The Emil Kraepelin Memorial Lecture ,1959. Epidemiology of Mental Disorder, ed. Benjamin Pasamanick, Washington, American Psychiatric Association, 259 p., 1959.

Becoming and Being in Time and Space,1959. The Psychiatric Quarterly 33, 548-559, July, 1959.

Fear, Hostility, Reality,1959. The American Journal of Psychiatry 115(11), 1002-05, May, 1959.

The Past Is Not Past.Springfield, Illinois, Thomas, 66 pages, 1962.

Self-pity,1965. The American Journal of Psychiatry 122(4), 447-451, October, 1965.

Benjamin Rush: The Founder of American Psychiatry,1967. Confinia psychiatrica 10, 61-76, 1967.

Uber Psychopathische Verlaufe,1968. Psychologie der abnormen Personlichkeiten, comp. Nikolaus Petrilowitsch, Darmstadt, Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, p 432-441, 1968.

Moods and Emotions, 1964. Folia Psychiatrica et Neurologica Japonica18(3), 193-197, 1964.

Two Geniuses,1960. Confinia psychiatrica 3(1), 62-64, 1960.

On Crises,1963. The Psychiatric Quarterly 37, 297-305, April, 1963.

On Experiencing,1963. The American Journal of Psychiatry 120(2), 131-134, August, 1963.

Concerning the Concept of Schizophrenia,1964 Alex D. Pokorny co-author. The American Journal of Psychiatry 120, 856-860, March, 1964.

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  • Citation: Eugen Kahn, MD papers, MS 074, John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center, Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library

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