Oral Histories

Interview of Fredrick C. Redlich

UCLA professor of psychiatry. Dean of Yale University Medical School.
Social Class and Mental Illness: Fredrick C. Redlich
UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital
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Biographical Note:
UCLA professor of psychiatry. Dean of Yale University Medical School.
Novak, Steven J.
Redlich, Fredrick C.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
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.
Viennese Catholic childhood; socialist activities; intellectual currents in Vienna; exchange student in United States; Vienna University; Karl Bühler and Otto Pötzl; attitude toward psychoanalysis; Redlich's Jewish ancestry forces him to flee after the Nazi takeover of Austria; Konrad Lorenz; works at Iowa State Hospital; enlists in United States Army Medical Corps; enters Yale University Department of Psychiatry; Eugen Kahn; McCarthyism and anti-Semitism; investigates social class differences in mental illness treatment with August B. Hollingshead and publishes Social Class and Mental Illness; founding the Connecticut Mental Health Center; writes a psychiatric textbook, The Theory and Practice of Psychiatry, with Daniel X. Freedman; appointed dean of the Yale School of Medicine; admitting more minority and women applicants at Yale; conflict with New Haven's black power advocates; American Psychiatric Association; Foundations' Fund for Research in Psychiatry; move to UCLA and the Brentwood Veterans Administration Medical Center; UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and its directors, Norman Q. Brill and Louis Jolyon West; researching a medical and psychological biography of Hitler; philosophical reflections.