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Oregon Health & Science University

Table of Contents

A Long Career in Teaching; Psychiatric Security Review Board; Failings of Psychoanalysis; Cocoanut Grove Fire, Boston, 1942; Psychotherapy and Its Techniques; Post-Freudian Analysts; Teaching Psychotherapy; Group Therapies; Psychiatrist For the Manhattan Project; Research on Interview Techniques; Creation of the Dept. of Medical Psychology; Psychotherapy As Teaching; Psychiatry and the "Hard Sciences"; Thoughts on Career; Early Career and Education; Family and Marriage; Key Faculty at UOMS; Granddaughter Sarah Saslow Brown; Index


George Saslow, M.D., Ph.D., discusses both career and family life, beginning with a recount of his early employment as a teacher and his later work with members of the Psychiatric Security Review Board, an institution that decides how criminals who plead insanity are treated and supervised. Dr. Saslow goes on to discuss the failings of Freud and psychoanalysis and how this led to an interest in psychotherapy. He was also an early leader in group therapy, and talks about his time as a psychiatrist for the scientists at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory during the Manhattan Project Years. Saslow then recounts the creation of the Department of Medical Psychology at the University of Oregon Medical School and his falling out with Dr. Joseph Matarazzo. Saslow concludes with a discussion of his family, including his father, wife Julia, and young granddaughter, Sarah Saslow Brown. Dr. Saslow was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1906. He graduated from New York University (Ph. D, 1931) and Harvard Medical School (M.D., 1940). Saslow completed residencies in neurology-neurosurgery at Boston City Hospital and in psychiatry at Worcester State Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. He was psychiatric consultant to the Manhattan Project for the Los Alamos Medical Center and Atomic Energy Commission. Saslow was also Professor of Psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis and at Harvard Medical School. He joined the University of Oregon Medical School in 1957 as first full-time Chair of the Dept. of Psychiatry. He retired in 1973 and moved to California but returned to Oregon in 1978 and continued to teach in the Oregon Health & Science University Dept. of Psychiatry. Dr. Saslow passed away in 2006.


Transcript of oral history interview with George Saslow, M.D., Ph.D., conducted on December 12, 2003 by Roland M. Atkinson


OHSU Oral History Project




School of Medicine


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