Weisenburg, Theodore H.

views updated


WEISENBURG, THEODORE H. (1876–1934), U.S. physician. Weisenburg was born in New York City and, having suffered from a nervous disorder as a child, he determined to devote himself to the field of neurosurgery. In 1908 be was chairman of the American Medical Association's section on nervous and mental disorders.

Weisenburg taught at the University of Pennsylvania (1904–07) and at the Medico-Chirurgical College in Philadelphia. After the college became a part of the university, he became a professor of neurology (1918) and in 1920 a vice dean of the college. He became particularly noted as a pioneer in the use of moving pictures for the study of patients with nervous and mental disorders.

From 1905, Weisenburg was an active member of the American Neurological Association and became its president in 1918. In 1919 he became editor of Transactions, the association's journal. Weisenburg also edited the Archives of Neurology and Psychiatry from 1920 until his death.

With the aid of a grant from the Commonwealth Fund of New York City, Weisenburg embarked on a planned program of research, which included adult intelligence tests. In 1933–34 he was made president of the Association for Research in Nervous and Mental Diseases. He was also a member of the Examining Board for Certification of Specialists in Neurology and Psychiatry. His books Aphasia (1935) and Adult Intelligence (1936) were published posthumously.

About this article

Weisenburg, Theodore H.

Updated About encyclopedia.com content Print Article