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Frank Stahnisch delivers Boshes Lecture at University of Illinois, Chicago

European émigrés arriving in New York Harbor during the 1930s

On November 17, 2016 Dr. Stahnisch was invited to give the 23rd endowed Rhea and Louis D. Boshes Lecture in the History of Neurology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, IL in the United States.  His lecture was entitled: “’What Were They Really, Americans Asked: Neurologists, Psychologists, or Philosophers?’ – The Fate of ‘Holist Neurology’ in Kurt Goldstein, Walther Riese, and Hartwig Kuhlenbeck.” The lecture, followed by a panel discussion, small group sessions, and intensive exchanges with colleagues in history and medicine led to intriguing conversations about the cultural adjustment and academic fate of German-speaking émigré biomedical researchers and academics, who were forced to leave Central Europe during the Nazi period.  Many of these individuals found effective refuge in the Chicago and Illinois area during the 1930s and 1940s.  The Boshes lecture at Chicago presented historical results from Dr. Stahnisch’s ongoing SSHRC- and CIHR-funded research project on émigré German-speaking neuroscientists.

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