Oral Histories

Interview of Augustus S. Rose

UCLA professor of neurology and founding chair of the UCLA Department of Neurology, the founding division of the Neuropsychiatric Institute.
UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital: Augustus S. Rose
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Biographical Note:
UCLA professor of neurology and founding chair of the UCLA Department of Neurology, the founding division of the Neuropsychiatric Institute.
Balter, Michael S.
Rose, Augustus S.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
4.7 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 background in North Carolina; father's death when Rose was eleven; a strict religious upbringing; attending Davidson College; decision to enter medicine; enrollment in the School of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Charles Mangum; admitted to Harvard University Medical School; fellowships at Harvard; a trip to Britain in 1930; internship at Massachusetts General Hospital; marriage to Grace Duncan; learning the importance of a patient's psychological state when recovering from physical illness; interning in psychiatry at McLean Hospital; the state of psychosomatic medicine in the 1930s; appointed associate professor of anatomy at the University of North Carolina; return to Massachusetts General Hospital as staff assistant; supervising treatment of neurological syphilis at Boston Psychopathic Hospital; searching for a new treatment for malaria; position at Harvard University Medical School; developing a private practice with motion-picture-industry patients; treating Judy Garland; neurological consultant to the Veterans Administration Medical Center, West Los Angeles; planning a psychiatry program for UCLA; recruiting psychiatry faculty; plans for the Neuropsy-chiatric Institute (NPI); opposition to NPI on the University of California Board of Regents; Howard C. Naffziger; the Brain Research Institute; politicking for and against NPI; neurology's difficulties within the Department of Medicine; John and Elizabeth Harris; neurology gains financial autonomy; development of the Reed Neurological Research Center; Clarence C. Reed; developing a closer relationship between neuro-logy and NPI; the naming of NPI in 1961; relationship of neurology to NPI; on Norman Q. Brill's resignation as director of NPI; George Tarjan and Henry H. Work; the Mental Retardation Program Research Center; university bureaucracy; research interests in multiple sclerosis; developing special clinics in multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, and epilepsy; promoting the study of neurobehavior; the Augustus S. Rose Chair of Neurology; patient care and medical instruction; psychosomatic medicine; the Marion Davies bequest; Louis Jolyon West; relationships between psychiatry and neurology; protests against a proposed clinic for the study of violent behavior; retirement in 1974; appointed Veterans Administration Distinguished Physician in Neurology; ongoing teaching positions.