Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

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Goldstein, Kurt (1878–1965)

  • John P. Ryan
  • Tricia Z. King
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-56782-2_620-2

Education and Training

University of Breslau (M.D., 1903).

Major Appointments

  • 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...

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References and Readings

  1. Goldstein, K. (1934/1955). The organism: A holistic approach to biology derived from pathological data in man. New York: Zone Books.Google Scholar
  2. Goldstein, K. (1940). Human nature in the light of psychopathology. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Goldstein, K. (1948). Language and language disturbance. New York: Grune & Stratton.Google Scholar
  4. Goldstein, K. (1967). Autobiography. In E. G. Boring & G. Lindzey (Eds.), A history of psychology in autobiography (Vol. 5, pp. 145–166). New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Goldstein, K., & Scheerer, M. (1941). Abstract and concrete behavior: An experimental study with special tests. Psychological monographs, 53(2), i–151.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychology and the Neuroscience InstituteGeorgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA