Goldstein, Kurt (1878–1965)
Education and Training
University of Breslau (M.D., 1903).
University of Koningsberg (1906–1914)
Institute for Research into the Consequences of Brain Injuries (University of Frankfurt, 1916–1930)
Professor of Neurology (University of Frankfurt, 1919–1930)
Professor of Neurology (University of Berlin, 1930–1933)
Professor of Neurology (Columbia University, New York, 1935–1940)
Professor of Neurology (Tufts University, Medford, MA, 1940–1945)
Major Honors and Awards
William James Lectures at Harvard University (1938/1939)
Doctor Honoris Causa (University of Frankfurt, 1958)
Landmark Clinical, Scientific, and Professional Contributions
Kurt Goldstein was a prominent neurologist who challenged prevailing theories of localization of function and advocated a holistic, associationist view of the brain. He developed the theory of the “catastrophic reaction,” which emphasized an individual’s awareness of, and reaction to, his or her deficits. His research spanned numerous...