Harry Brickman

M.D., Ph.D.

Interviewed by Frances Lomas Feldman. Date of interview: 7-9-99. Length of interview: 1 hour 16 minutes. 1 cassette tape. Transcript of interview: 24 pp.

Interview Topics

Studies in psychiatry at NYU and Menninger Clinic; psychiatric training at facilities in San Francisco and Palo Alto; practice in Riverside; Navy service in Korean War; work as prison psychiatrist at Navy jail; private practice after war; position as Chief of Outpatient Department at the NPI at UCLA; move to Director of Mental Health at LA County and philosophy of community mental health services; development of community mental health services; work of Alex Rogawski and Irv Berkowitz; failings of Short-Doyle Act to fund community health services; continued work at Harbor General (LA County); problems of voluntary commitment; politics of job with LA County and subsequent resignation; work with UCLA, the Psycho-Analytic Institute, and Department of Psychiatry at USC; leadership of Jack Lomas on Mental Health Board; problems at USC Department of Psychiatry with personnel; development of mental services in ethnic communities; changes in attitudes towards mental health programs; opposition of John Birch Society to community mental health programs; work as Dean of Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute; family

Additional Material

  • Correspondence re interview.
  • Article by Dr. Harry Brickman.

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