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Adolf Meyer teaching materials

Identifier: HC.MC-801-11-031

Scope and Contents

One volume is a collection of Meyer’s lecture materials for his classes in psychobiology, psychopathology, and personality study at Johns Hopkins University. These materials were in use at some point between 1908 and 1941, when he worked at the university. These materials include questions, analysis of studies, dense content, and outlines. Pages are typed but include several handwritten notes and additions. A worksheet from the Johns Hopkins Hospital is attached to the back of the book, where past studies/tests performed are listed and described. It is named Dr. Patry and dated July 15, 1930. The second book consists of student questions and answers from his classes on psychobiology in 1921.


  • Creation: Ca. 1908-1941


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17)

Biographical / Historical

Adolf Meyer was born September 13, 1866 in Switzerland. He immigrated to the United States in 1892. Much of his teaching has been incorporated into U.S. psychiatric theory and practice. He had a thorough background in neurophysiology, and he coined the term psychobiology to encompass the social, psychological, and biological factors that influence a patient’s condition. In 1908 Meyer became professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1909, he was named psychiatrist-in-chief, and he retired in 1941.


0.25 linear ft. (2 volumes)

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These materials include two books derived from Adolf Meyer’s years of teaching psychobiology at Johns Hopkins University. One book includes student questions and answers regarding the content of his classes, while the other contains lecture materials for his classes in psychobiology, psychopathology, and personality study.


Lecture materials as Volume I, student questions and answers as Volume II.


Purchased from Paulinus Rare Books, July 2023

Related Materials

Friends Hospital records (MC 1261)

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Processed by Alex Murray, completed October 2023.

Adolf Meyer teaching materials
Alex Murray
October, 2023
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