Encyclopedia of the History of Psychological Theories

2012 Edition
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Forel, Auguste-Henri

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0463-8_224

Basic Biographical Information

Forel was born September 1, 1848, in La Gracieuse (Switzerland) and died on July 27, 1931, in Yvorne (Switzerland). After a gymnasium education in Lausanne, he studied medicine at the University of Zurich (1866–1871). His doctorate in neuroanatomy was written under the guidance of Theodor Meynert in Vienna (1872). After 7 years in Munich working with Europe’s leading brain researcher Bernhard von Gudden, Forel was appointed Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Zurich, a post which included the directorship of the university’s psychiatric clinic the Burghölzli (1879–1898). In addition to his contributions to psychiatry, he was a noted myrmecologist (the scientific study of ants), sexologist, brain anatomist, philosopher, and social reformer (e.g., eugenics, temperance). He is generally considered the father of Swiss psychiatry.

Major Accomplishments/Contributions

Forel’s early interest was in the anatomy, physiology, geographic distribution, and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.AmsterdamThe Netherlands