Oral Histories

Interview of Milton Greenblatt

UCLA professor of psychiatry and bio-behavioral sciences. Director of the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute.
Complete Psychiatrist
UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital
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Biographical Note:
UCLA professor of psychiatry and bio-behavioral sciences. Director of the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute.
Novak, Steven J.
Greenblatt, Milton
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
14 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.
Childhood in Boston; attends Tufts College; reasons for going into medicine; attends Tufts University School of Medicine; anti-Semitism and assimilation; conducting neuropsychiatric examinations at an induction center during World War II; decision to specialize in psychiatry; internship at Beth Israel Hospital; Harry C. Solomon; studies and teaches neuropathology; Norman Cousins's psychoimmunology research at UCLA; electroconvulsive therapy; insulin coma treatment; lobotomy research; LSD research; Robert W. Hyde; Max Rinkel; Timothy Leary; Richard Alpert (Babba Ram Dass); serves as director of laboratories and research at Massachusetts Mental Health Center; how to foster research and manage researchers; comparing the medical communities of Harvard University and UCLA; the role of pharmaceutical companies in promoting research; establishing community mental health centers; the Boston State Hospital halfway house; From Custodial to Therapeutic Patient Care in Mental Hospitals; mental health reforms of the sixties; poverty and mental illness; Hispanics Seek Health Care: A Study of 1,088 Veterans of Three War Eras; studying homelessness; resigns as Massachusetts commissioner of mental health; Louis Jolyon West; moves to California; joins UCLA's Neuro-psychiatric Institute (NPI); becomes chief of psychiatry at Sepulveda Veterans Administration Medical Center; upgrading Sepulveda psychiatry; conflict between psychiatrists and psychologists; becomes chief of professional services at Brentwood Veterans Administration Medical Center; appointed director of the NPI Hospital and Clinics; Sherman M. Mellinkoff; Kenneth I. Shine; prominent NPI faculty; Edwin S. Shneidman; impact of the California state budget deficit; preventive psychiatry; becomes chief of psychiatry at Los Angeles County-Olive View Medical Center; upgrading Olive View psychiatry; impact of rising costs on health care; the stigma attached to psychiatry; the future of psychiatry.