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Professor Decker Receives Distinguished Honor
Posted: May 4, 2007


Professor Hannah Decker of the University of Houston History Department recently returned from the Cornell Medical College where she was the 2006-2007 Eric T. Carlson Memorial Lecturer in the History of Psychiatry.

Sponsored by the Cornell Institute for the History of Psychiatry and the Department of Psychiatry at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, the annual Carlson lecture recognizes one scholar who has made lasting and outstanding contributions to the field. Prior speakers have included Roy Porter, John Burnham, Nathan Hale, German Berrios, and Charles Rosenberg, among others.

The Carlson lecture included a Grand Rounds on a historical topic of Dr. Decker's choosing at the Manhattan and White Plains campuses, and a seminar presentation on a different topic delivered to our Institute for the History of Psychiatry research group. Dr. Decker addressed the topic of her current book project: the revolutionary publication of the American Psychiatric Associationís new diagnostic manual in 1980. This manual threw out the influence of psychoanalysis in favor of diagnosis by "evidence-based data" and returned to a form of psychiatry espoused by a famous German psychiatrist a century ago. The new manual has had a great effect on American society.

In addition to the lecture, Dr. Decker received the Carlson Award. The plaque recognized "her extraordinary contributions to the history of psychiatry and psychoanalysis."

Dr. Decker is a scholar of German history. For more than thirty years she has specialized in cultural history with research specialties in the histories of psychoanalysis and psychiatry. Her selected publications include:

Selected Publications:
Freud in Germany: Revolution and Reaction in Science, 1893-1907. (International Universities Press, 1977).

Freud, Dora, and Vienna 1900. (The Free Press, 1991) paperback edition, 1992.

"Freud's 'Dora' Case: The Crucible of the Psychoanalytic Concept of Transference," in Michael Roth (ed.), Freud: Culture and Conflict. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1998 pp. 105-114, 243-244.

"The Psychiatric Works of Emil Kraepelin: A Many-Faceted Story of Modern Medicine, Journal of the History of Neurosciences. Vol. 13, No. 3, September 2004, pp. 248-276.

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