Edward A. Spitzka

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Noted alienist and brain anatomist. Died at his home, 139 Brookside Avenue, Mount Vernon, New York, at age 46. The son of Dr. Edward C. Spitzka, also a world-famous brain specialist, the younger Spitzka, while in his Junior year at P&S, performed the autopsy on the brain of Leon Czolgosz, the anarchist who assassinated President McKinley. Pursuing his specialty, he examined the brains of scores of notables and criminals, reporting his findings in medical journals. He was a contributor to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, and a notable achievement was his revision of Gray's 'Anatomy.' His researches caused him to go deeply into anthropology, and he studied the brains of representatives of many races. He was deeply interested in the subject of crime and punishment, and in death by electricity. During the war he went abroad as a member of the 311th Sanitary Train, and on his return became chief medical officer of the War Risk Bureau. Spitzka was demonstrator in anatomy at P&S from 1904 to 1906, and until 1914 directed the Daniel Baugh Institute of Anatomy in Philadelphia. He was a member of the American Anthropometric Society, founded by his father, the members of which agreed to leave their brains to the organization for measurement and study. He belonged to Delta Kappa Epsilon, Sigma Xi, and Theta Nu Epsilon.


Columbia Alumni News 14 (October 6, 1922) P 23

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