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Arnold J. Friedhoff, MD (1924-2001)

Robert Cancro, MD; Arthur Zitrin, MD
Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2001;58(12):1177. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.58.12.1177.
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Arnold J. Friedhoff, a leader in the development of a scientific, biologically based psychiatry, died on February 21, 2001, at the age of 77 years. It is difficult to communicate to the present generation what the world of psychiatry was like in 1953 when Arnold Friedhoff arrived at New York University (NYU) as a second-year resident. There was only one theory of psychopathology that was considered sound, and it was psychoanalytic. The psychiatrists who dominated academia were either psychoanalysts or psychoanalytically oriented. Those few psychiatrists who had a biologically based interest were primarily relegated to state hospitals and institutions that were seen by the academics as second class. For a young psychiatrist to commit the rest of his professional life to an approach that was treated with disdain took incredible courage and integrity. These qualities remained present in Arnold Friedhoff throughout his professional life.

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