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Samuel B. Guze

Interviewer: Marion Hunt Samuel B. Guze
Date: 1994
Identifier: OH066
Approximate Length: 49 leaves
Biographical Information: Psychiatrist (1923-2000). Guze graduated from the Washington University School of Medicine in 1945. He joined the faculty of his alma mater in 1951, serving as: instructor of Medicine (1951-1953), assistant professor of Medicine (1953-1955), assistant professor of Psychiatry (1955-1959), assistant professor of Medicine (1955-1964), associate professor of Psychiatry (1959-1964), professor of Psychiatry and associate professor of Medicine (1964-2000), vice chancellor for Medical Affairs (1971-1989), head of the Department of Psychiatry (1975-1989, 1993-1997), president, Washington University Medical Center (1971-1989). Guze is known as one of the founding fathers of the scientific approach to psychiatry, advocating that psychiatric illness should be diagnosed just as any other physical illness. He was also a leader in the study of the genetics of psychiatric disorders.
Summary: Guze discusses his experience as a student of the Washington University School of Medicine in the early 1940s, and his memories of faculty members such as Carl and Gerty Cori, Mildred Trotter, Ethel Ronzoni Bishop, Joseph Erlanger, Barry Wood, Evarts A. Graham, Helen Tredway Graham, Sarah Luse, and Carl Moore. Guze explains how his interest in the field of psychiatry developed and the influence of George Saslow on his career. He also discusses building the psychiatry program at Washington University with his colleagues Eli Robins and George Winokur, his work on the genetics of psychiatric disorders, and the interest and development of child psychiatry as a discipline within the medical school. Colleagues such as M. Kenton King. Virginia Weldon, Paula J. Clayton, Lee Robins, and James Anthony are discussed.
Notes: This oral history consists of a series of seven interviews conducted in 1994. The interviews were transcribed and edited by the interviewer, Marion Hunt, in 1994. The transcription was corrected and annotated by the interviewee in 1995.

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