Interview with George Saslow

George (interviewee) Saslow
Roland M. Atkinson 1936- (interviewer)


George Saslow, M.D., Ph.D., discusses both career and family life, beginning with recounting 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 at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory during the Manhattan Project. Saslow describes 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. 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). He completed residencies in neurology-neurosurgery at Boston City Hospital and in psychiatry at Worcester State Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. He was a psychiatric consultant to the Manhattan Project for the Los Alamos Medical Center and Atomic Energy Commission, a Professor of Psychiatry at Washington University and Harvard Medical School, and joined the University of Oregon Medical School in 1957 as the first full-time Chair of the Department of Psychiatry. He retired in 1973 and moved to California, but returned to Oregon in 1978 and continued to teach in the Department of Psychiatry at OHSU. Dr. Saslow passed away in 2006.