Monday, September 10, 2007

Happy 70th Birthday Dr. Torrey!

An article in Psychiatric News:

"Fuller gets as much credit as anyone for moving American psychiatry from a psychoanalytic foundation to a biological one," said APA Trustee Roger Peele, M.D., who was chair of the department of psychiatry at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C., and hired Torrey as a staff psychiatrist in 1977.

"His provocative books and his plausible, although yet to be proven, concept as to the cause of schizophrenia contributed to a focus on the biological. His call for change was markedly enhanced by not remaining academic. He is combative—when public agency chiefs heard he was due to be on national TV, they ran to their bunkers—and he has used pithy public pronouncements to hammer home the need for public research monies to be devoted to a biological understanding of people with the most disabling of psychiatric illnesses."

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