Bibring, Grete L. (Grete Lehner), 1899-1977

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Grete L. Bibring, (1899-1977), noted psychoanalyst, was one of the members of the "second generation" of Freudian Scholars, and played a leading role in the integration of psychiatry with general patient care. Bibring served as head of the psychiatry department at the Beth Israel Hospital, from 1946-1965 as the first woman head of a clinical department, and in 1961 was appointed Harvard Medical School's first woman full professor.

From the description of Papers, 1929-1977. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 230834890

Grete L. Bibring, (1899-1977), noted psychoanalyst, was one of the members of the "second generation" of Freudian Scholars, and played a leading role in the integration of psychiatry with general patient care. Bibring served as head of the psychiatry department at the Beth Israel Hospital, from 1946-1965 as the first woman head of a clinical department, and in 1961 was appointed Harvard Medical School's first woman full professor.

Born to a non-practicing Jewish family in Vienna, Austria, Bibring received her MD from the University of Vienna in 1924. There, she became captivated by Freud's theories and joined Freud's Vienna Psychoanalytic Society. In 1922, she married Edward Bibring, a fellow psychoanalytic student. The marriage produced two children, Thomas and George.

From 1933-1938, she worked as a training analyst and instructor at the Vienna Psychoanalytic Institute. In 1938, she and her family left Vienna for London with Sigmund and Anna Freud in advance of the Nazi occupation of Austria. The Bibrings soon emigrated to Boston, Mass. in 1941.

In Boston, Bibring's career soon flourished. She worked as a special lecturer on psychoanalytic psychology at the Simmons College School of Social Work from 1942-1955. In 1946, she was appointed head of the department of psychiatry at the Beth Israel Hospital, the first woman head of a clinical department at Harvard Medical School. Bibring continued in that role until 1955, when she was appointed psychiatrist- in-chief. She remained there until her retirement in 1965.

Bibring also held leadership roles in several other organizations and professional associations in which she was involved. She continued in her role as a training analyst at the B oston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and in 1955, she was elected President. In 1962, she was elected president of the American Psychoanalytic Association. In 1968 Bibring was selected to be a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was affiliated with numerous other organizations, including the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Brandeis University, and the International Psycho-Analytic Association, until her death in 1977.

From the guide to the Papers, 1882-1977., (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine. Center for the History of Medicine.)

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referencedIn Bornstein, Berta, 1898-1971. Berta Bornstein papers, 1933-1971 (bulk 1945-1970). Library of Congress
referencedIn Freud, Anna, 1895-1982. Anna Freud papers, 1880-1995 (bulk 1946-1982). Library of Congress
creatorOf Bibring, Grete Lehner, 1899-1977. Psychological aspects of pregnancy. Harvard University, Murray Research Center
referencedIn Freud, Anna, 1895-1982. Papers, 1880-1988 (bulk 1946-1982). Library of Congress
creatorOf Papers, 1882-1977. Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine
creatorOf Bibring, Grete L. (Grete Lehner), 1899-1977. Papers, 1929-1977. Harvard University, Medical School, Countway Library
referencedIn Dawes, Lydia M. Gibson, 1896-. Papers, 1926-1959. Harvard University, Medical School, Countway Library
referencedIn Erik H. and Joan M. Erikson papers, 1925-1985 (inclusive) 1960-1980 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Erik H. and Joan M. Erikson papers, 1925-1985 (inclusive) 1960-1980 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Anna Freud Papers, 1880-1995, (bulk 1946-1982) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Freund, Paul A. Paul A. Freund papers. 1918-1993. Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
creatorOf Bibring, Edward, b. 1894. Papers of Edward and Grete L. Bibring, 1936-1953. Library of Congress
creatorOf Bibring, Edward, 1894-1959. Papers, 1929-1960 (inclusive), 1941-1958 (bulk) Harvard University, Medical School, Countway Library
referencedIn Radcliffe College Archives biography files, 1855-2007 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Bonaparte, Marie, Princess, 1882-1962. Princess Marie Bonaparte papers, 1889-1962 (bulk 1913-1961). Library of Congress
referencedIn Berta Bornstein Papers, 1933-1971, (bulk 1945-1970) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
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associatedWith Bibring, Edward, 1894-1959. person
associatedWith Bibring, Edward, b. 1894. person
associatedWith Bonaparte, Marie Alexandrine Charlotte Louise Laurence de Blescham,p princesse de Canino, 1778-1855. person
correspondedWith Bonaparte, Marie, Princess, 1882-1962. person
correspondedWith Bonaparte, Princess Marie, person
correspondedWith Bornstein, Berta, 1898-1971. person
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correspondedWith Burlingham, Dorothy, person
associatedWith Burlingham, Dorothy Tiffany, 1911-1979. person
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associatedWith Dawes, Lydia M. Gibson, 1896- person
correspondedWith Erikson, Erik H. (Erik Homburger), 1902-1994 person
correspondedWith Freud, Anna, 1895-1982. person
associatedWith Greenacre, Phyllis. person
correspondedWith Greenacre, Phyllis. person
associatedWith Harvard Medical School. corporateBody
associatedWith International Psycho-Analytical Association. corporateBody
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associatedWith Paul A. Freund person
associatedWith Radcliffe College. Henry A. Murray Research Center. corporateBody
associatedWith Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. corporateBody
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correspondedWith Zetzel, Elizabeth. person
associatedWith Zetzel, Elizabeth Rosenberg, 1907-1970. person
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Pregnancy--Psychological aspects
Physician--Patient Relations
Psychoanalysis--Research
Psychoanalysis--education
Psychoanalysis--Study and teaching
Pregnancy--Psychological aspects--Case studies
Psychoanalysis
Pregnancy--Psychological aspects--Longitudinal studies
Pregnancy--Research
Child psychiatry
Families--Psychological aspects
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Women psychoanalysts
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Birth 1899

Death 1977

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