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Carl-Henry Alström

Born  1907
Died  1993

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Swedish psychiatrist, 1907-1993.

Biography of Carl-Henry Alström

Carl Henry Alström studied medicine in Stockholm and commenced his career as a research scientist in 1938. In 1942 he received a doctorate for his thesis Mortality in mental hospitals with especial regard to tuberculosis, on the connection between tuberculosis and schizophrenia. From 1940-42 he was Deputy Director of the Institute for Human Genetics at Uppsala, where he conducted genetic research. In 1945, he was made 2nd Assistant Physician at the Neurological Clinic in Serafimerlasarettet Hospital.

In 1948 Alström became associate professor of experimental psychiatry and Director of the Experimental Psychiatry Clinical Laboratory at the Karolinska Institutet. During the decade which followed he carried out extensive investigations into rape, incest and alcoholism, as well as the clinical, social and genetic aspects of epilepsy. Carl Henry Asltröm subsequently became Head of the Department of Psychiatry the Karolinska Institute at St. Görans Hospital in Stockholm and served with distinction from 1961 until his retirement in 1973.

Much of this informaton was found at the homepage of the Alström Syndrome International.

We thank Søren Nørby, Denmark, for information submitted.


  • Mortality in mental hospitals with especial regard to tuberculosis.
    Doctoral dissertation in Psychiatry, No. 12, University of Uppsala.
    København, Munksgaard, 1942. 422 pages.
    Forms Supplement 24, Acta Psychiatrica et Neurologica Scandinavica, Copenhagen.
  • Über Gewichtsschwankungen bei Geisteskranken.
    Copenhagen, Munksgaard, 1943. Forms supplement 9, Acta Tuberculosa et Pneumologica Scandinavica, 1962-1965.
  • Peter Beighton & Gretha Beighton:
    The Man Behind the Syndrome.
    Springer Verlag, Berlin-Heidelberg, 1986, page 205.

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