Alfred Adler, 1870 - 1937

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Born: 7 February 1870, Rudolfsheim, Austria-Hungary (near Vienna)
Died: 28 May 1937, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK

Early childhood health problems, including rickets that kept him from walking until age four followed by near-fatal pneumonia, caused him to decide at age five to become a doctor. He earned his medical degree at the University of Vienna in 1897, he joined the Vienna Psychoanalytic Society, and in 1907 was invited to join Sigmund Freud's Wednesday-evening discussions at his home. 1910 he was president of the Vienna Psychoanalytic Society, by the next year he led the first major departure from the Freudians. His "Individual Psychology" was more holistic and argued the importance of social equality. He developed the concepts of the inferiority complex and the significance of birth order. Adler lectured and taught At Columbia University from 1926 and he held a visiting chair at the Long Island College of Medicine from 1932. When the Nazis closed the Jewish doctor's clinics in 1934 he moved permanently to New York City. On his visit to lecture at Aberdeen he collapsed on the street and died of heart failure.

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