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On November 6:

1870 — The Great Eastern Railway Company and the Metropolitan Railway Company purchased the original site of Bethlehem Hospital, London, founded in 1247 and origin of the word "bedlam." Liverpool Station now occupies the site.

1874 — Helen Bradford Thompson Woolley was born. Woolley was a child clinical psychologist who was a codeveloper of the Merrill-Palmer Scales for children. She was the first director of the Child Development Institute at Teachers College, Columbia University (1926).

1878 — Kurt Goldstein was born. Goldstein was a neurologist specializing in brain injuries when he was influenced by Gestalt psychology. Gestalt holism led Goldstein to a distributed functions theory of brain activity. Goldstein developed tests of concept formation and brain injury.

1901 — George Katona was born. Katona's work in behavioral economics began with an article on the psychological effects of prewar German inflation. His work on consumer expectations and attitudes resulted in effective predictors of purchasing behavior. APA Distinguished Professional Contributions Award, 1977.

1929 — Edwin G. Boring's classic book A History of Experimental Psychology was published. This was the first book in the distinguished Century Psychology Series, published by Appleton-Century-Crofts. The book was the primary text and reference work in the history and systems of psychology for decades.

1936 — George Stricker was born. Stricker has integrated clinical research, practice, training, and the promotion of professional psychology. He contributed to contemporary standards of peer review and served as the first editor of the APA's Clinician's Research Digest. APA Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions, 1990.

1964 — The antidepressant drug Aventyl (nortriptyline; Eli Lilly) was approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Nortriptyline is a tricyclic antidepressant, affecting reuptake of the neurotransmitters norepinephrine and serotonin. Pamelor (Sandoz), another trade name for nortriptyline, was approved by the FDA on November 6, 1977.

Copyright © 1995, American Psychological Association. Web version by permission. Source: Street, W. R. (1994). A Chronology of Noteworthy Events in American Psychology. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. The American Psychological Association and Central Washington University have supported the development of the APA Historical Database.

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