Harry Stack Sullivan

Harry Stack Sullivan, 1892–1949, American psychiatrist, b. Norwich, N.Y., M.D. Chicago College of Medicine and Surgery, 1917. He was, along with his teacher William Alanson White, responsible for the extension of Freudian psychoanalysis to the treatment of patients with severe mental disorders, particularly schizophrenia. In his work on the subject of schizophrenics, Sullivan argued that such individuals were not incurable, and that cultural forces were largely responsible for their condition. In his dual role as head of the William Alanson White Foundation (1934–43) and of the Washington School of Psychiatry (1936–47), he had the collaboration of like-minded psychologists, sociologists, and anthropologists in bringing his views to public and professional attention. His writings include Conceptions of Modern Psychiatry (1947, repr. 1966); Interpersonal Theory of Psychiatry (ed. by H. S. Perry and M. L. Gawel, 1953, repr. 1968); Schizophrenia as a Human Process (1962, repr. 1974).

See biography by H. Perry (1982, repr. 1987); study by P. Mullahy (1970).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2018, The Columbia University Press.

Harry Stack Sullivan: Selected full-text books and articles

The Interpersonal Theory of Psychiatry By Harry Stack Sullivan; Helen Swick Perry; Mary Ladd Gawel W. W. Norton, 1953
Culture and Personality By S. Stansfeld Sargent; Marian W. Smith Viking Fund, 1949
Librarian's tip: "Multidisciplined Coordination of Interpersonal Data" by Harry Stack Sullivan on p. 175
An Introduction to Theories of Personality By Robert B. Ewen Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2003 (6th edition)
Librarian's tip: Chap. 7 "The Interpersonal Theory of Psychiatry: Harry Stack Sullivan"
Portraits of Pioneers in Psychology By Gregory A. Kimble; Michael Wertheimer; Charlotte White American Psychological Association, 1991
Librarian's tip: Chap. 21 "Harry Stack Sullivan: The Clinician and the Man"
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