Minnesota Psychiatry in the Mid-to-Late Twentieth Century Oral History Project: Interview with Werner Simon, M.D.
Description Dr. Simon earned his way through medical school in Germany and Switzerland by playing as a musician, then escaped from Nazi Germany almost by chance, to come to the United States in 1937. He continued with his music almost until his death at age 95. In this interview he does not speak of his early life. He describes his training and move to the Veterans Administration hospital system. He became chief of psychiatry at the Minneapolis VA hospital in 1948, and held that position until 1971. He describes his tenure in which the VA psychiatry program became closely tied to that of the University of Minnesota, a boon for each training program. He reviews the treatment approaches at the VA hospital, and how they changed over his tenure. He also speculates about the potential changes coming to psychiatry.
Quantity 17 pages transcript
Format Content Category: text
Creation Interviewer: Sukov, Dr. Marvin
Interviewee: Simon, Dr. Werner
Dates Creation: 01/27/1978
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 124
Accession Number AV2011.14.30
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota Psychiatry in the Mid-to-Late Twentieth Century Oral History Project'

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