László meduna's immigration to the United States in 1939: Correspondence with victor gonda

Gábor Gazdag, Max Fink, Gabor S. Ungvari, Edward Shorter

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Abstract

László Meduna, the originator of convulsive therapy, left Hungary for the United States in 1939. To date, the circumstances of his emigration have been obscure. Recently, more details have come to light with the discovery of Meduna's correspondence with Victor Gonda, a Hungarian psychiatrist who immigrated to Chicago in the 1920s. The letters give insight into the reasons of Meduna's decision and paint a colorful picture about the political and scientific atmosphere in prewar Hungary. Besides his more personal motivations, the barriers to his professional career in Hungary are also highlighted

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-81
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of ECT
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2010

Keywords

  • Convulsive therapy
  • Emigration
  • History
  • László Meduna

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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