Oral Histories

Interview of Henry H. Work

UCLA professor of psychiatry and bio-behavioral sciences. Head of the UCLA Department of Psychology’s Division of Child Psychiatry, a division of the Neuropsychiatric Institute.
UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital: Henry H. Work
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Balter, Michael S.
Work, Henry H.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
5.75 hrs.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Series Statement:
This series was made possible by support from the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital and documents the history of that institution.
Family history; decision to enter medicine; Hamilton College; extracurricular interests; Hamilton's premed program; admitted to Harvard University Medical School; internship at Boston Children's Hospital; developing interest in the psychological side of medicine; Bronson Crothers; World War II service in the United States Army Sixty-sixth Station Hospital; training at the School of Military Neuropsychiatry; running psychiatric units in North Africa and Europe; residency in pediatric psychiatry in 1945 at Cornell Medical Center; marriage to Virginia Codington; five years at the University of Louisville Bingham Child Guidance Clinic; the Commonwealth Fund; Work's children; Work recruited by the UCLA Department of Psychiatry in 1955; the opportunity to build a division of child psychiatry; conditions in the Department of Psychiatry in 1955; relationship with Camarillo State Hospital; clinical faculty; relationship of child psychiatry to pediatrics; opposition to building the Neuropsychiatric Institute (NPI) facility on campus; antipathy to psychiatry within the medical profession; Stafford L. Warren; founding faculty at the UCLA School of Medicine; the relationship to the Department of Psychiatry; differences in salary levels and perks between university-funded and California Department of Mental Hygiene-funded positions; planning for a child psychiatry ward in the hospital; provisions for caring for autistic children; planning for and recruiting staff; the NPI school; the evolution of children's psychiatric services in California since 1900; admissions criteria; George Tarjan and Pacific State Hospital; addition of the Mental Retardation Research Center; relationship to the Brain Research Institute; the removal of Norman Q. Brill as chairman of the Department of Psychiatry; conflict between psychiatrists and psychologists working in adult mental health; unrest among the staff; the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry votes no confidence in Brill's leadership; Work becomes acting chair of the Department of Psychiatry and George Tarjan acting director of the NPI Hospital; Sherman M. Mellinkoff's role in dismissing Brill; Louis Jolyon West; Work's research interests; affirmative action at NPI; relationship with the Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School; involvement with drug-abuse prevention and re-habilitation programs; decision to leave UCLA; working for the American Psychiatric Association; NPI as a model for teaching psychiatry; the value of a centralized medical school/hospital complex.