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Joachim-Ernst Meyer

Born 1917
Died 1998

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German psychiatrist, born July 2, 1917, Königsberg; died June 7, 1998.

Biography of Joachim-Ernst Meyer

Joachim-Ernst Meyer was the son of Ernst Meyer, professor of psychiatry in Königsberg. His grandfather, Ludwig Meyer in 1866 became the first professor og psychiatry at the University of Göttingen.

Meyer studied medicine in Berlin where he obtained his doctorate with a work on organic brain damage and the decline of moral attitude. From September 1945 to spring 1949 he was an assistant in the neuropathological department headed by Willibald Scholz at the Deutsche Forschungsanstalt für
Psychiatrie in Munich.

His important scientific publications from that period could have been an excellenet launcing point for a successful career in neuropathology. But, like his elder brother Hans Hermann, Joachim-Ernst Meyer wanted to become a clinician. He began his specialist training with Kurt Beringer at the Freiburger Nervenklinik but following the early death of Beringer less than a year later, he changed to Richard Hung in the department of neurophysiology at the same university. In 1953 he was habilitated for psichiatry and neurology.

In October 1st, 1954, Meyer came to Kurt Kolle at the neurological clinic in Munich as head physician in psychiatry. On April 1, 1963, he was appointed ordentlicher Professor at the medical faculty at Univesity of Göttingen whee he headed the psychiatric clinic until he was emerited in 1985.

Meyer observed, principally among Protestant clients, an increased fear of death, and a fear that the self will be annihilated in death. This he traces to a deficit in theological doctrine, and to the impression that deat ereases everything that has been experienced.

We thank André Trombeta for information submitted.

  • Hans Lauter (born 1928):
    Joachim-Ernst Meyer 2.7.1917–7.6.1998.
    Der Nervenarzt, Berlin / Heidelberg, November 5, 1999, 70 (11): 1034-1035.

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