Deutsch, Helene (1884-1982)
Deutsch (née Rosenbach) was born on October 9, 1884 in
Przemyśl, Poland. As an education was out of reach for a Jewish woman
in Poland, she went to study medicine and psychiatry to Vienna and
Munich. She received a medical degree from the University of Vienna in
1913, shortly after her marriage to Felix Deutsch. First a psychiatrist
at the Vienna University Psychiatric Clinic, and soon a student,
assistant, and analysand of Sigmund Freud, she was considered a pioneer
of the women's psychology. Helene Deutsch joined the
Psychoanalytic Society in 1918 and became its director in 1924.
In 1935 Helene Deutsch left Vienna for the USA
Massachusetts, where she later was joined by her husband and son.
A member of American Psychoanalytic Association since 1936,
president of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute in
1939-1941, she trained anlysts, wrote
many papers and
books, including her famous "The Psychology of Women", and conducted
her remarkable studies of reactions to surgery, anesthesia,
child-birth, adolescence, and psychomythology. Helen
died on March 29th, 1982 at the age of ninety-seven.
Summary: The collection contains correspondence
Sigmund and Anna Freud (copies), miscellaneous notes, reflections, and
papers by and about Helene Deutsch, her autobiography and obituaries.
You can also refer to our Oral History Interviews collection
for an interview with Helene Deutsch in March 1973 (audio cassette 383)
as well as an interview with her son Martin Deutsch from the late 1980s
(audio cassette 385), and an interview of Suzanne and Martin Deutsch in
2002 (audio cassette 497), all conducted and recorded by Dr. Sanford
Gifford. Please note that a larger Helen Deutsch collection is located
Radcliff College Archive of the Schlesinger
this collection is available
here (viewing it requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).
Related BPSI Collections
Helen Deutsch Papers at Schlesinger
Library, Radcliff College
Helene Deutsch: intro by the Sigmund Freud
Deutsch-Rosenbach, Helen: International
Dictionary of Psychoanalysis
Book of the Times by John Gross. A book
review on "Helene Deutsch: A Psychoanalyst's Life" by Paul Roazen. New
York Times Archives, 1985.