Karl Birnbaum  

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Karl Birnbaum (August 20, 1878, Schweidnitz/Świdnica - March 31, 1950, Philadelphia, Penn.) was a German-American psychiatrist and neurologist.

In 1902 he received his doctorate from the University of Freiburg, and subsequently worked at the Herzberge asylum in Berlin-Lichtenberg. In 1923 he began work as an assistant to Karl Bonhoeffer (1868-1948) at the Charité-Berlin. In 1927 he became an associate professor.

In 1930 he was appointed medical director of the Heil- und Pflegeanstalt in Berlin, but because of his Jewish heritage was dismissed from his position after the Nazi takeover of Germany. In 1939 he emigrated to the United States, where he worked as a lecturer at the New School for Social Research in New York City. From 1940 he worked at the municipal medical department of Philadelphia.

Birnbaum's primary research was in the fields of clinical psychiatry, criminal psychology and psychopathology.

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Literary works

  • Psychose mit Wahnbidling wahnhafte Einbildingen bei Degenerativen, 1908
  • Über psychopathische Persönlichkeiten. Eine psychopathologische Studie, 1909
  • Die krankhafte Willensschwäche und ihre Erscheinungsformen. Eine psychopathologische Studie für Ärzte, Pädagogen und gebildete Laien, 1911
  • Psychische Verursachung seelischer Störungen und die psychisch bedingten abnormen Seelenvorgänge, 1918
  • Kriminalpsychopathologie. Systematische Darstellung, 1921
  • Grundzüge der Kulturpsychopathologie, 1924
  • Psychischen Heilmethoden für ärtzliches Studium und Praxis, 1927 ([1] [2])
  • Handwörterbuch der medizinischen Psychologie, 1930
  • Kriminalpsychopathologie und psychobiologische Verbrecherkunde, 1931

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