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Williams, Frankwood E.locked

(18 May 1883–24 September 1936)
  • Hans Pols


Williams, Frankwood E. (18 May 1883–24 September 1936), psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and contributor to mental health care policy, was born Frankwood Earl Williams in Cardington, Ohio, the son of James Leander Williams, a physician, and Amanda Elizabeth Wood Williams. Williams spent most of his childhood in Indianapolis, where he graduated from high school in 1903. He received his A.B. from the University of Wisconsin in 1907 and his M.D. from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1912. Here, he was resident physician at the recently established State Psychopathic Hospital under Albert M. Barrett the year following his graduation. In 1913–1915 he was executive officer and first assistant physician at the Boston Psychopathic Hospital; he was then appointed the executive secretary of the Massachusetts Society for Mental Hygiene, for which he developed extensive programs of public health education on matters related to mental illness. In 1917 he became associate medical director of the National Committee for Mental Hygiene, an organization that aimed to further psychiatric research and teaching as well as stimulate the development of preventive measures. From 1922 to1931 he was the medical director of that organization. In 1917 he became the founding editor of the journal ...

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