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Centre of Excellence for Eating Disorders Tübingen (KOMET)


Address: Osianderstr. 5
72076 Tübingen

Phone number: +49 7071 29-86719

Fax number: 07071 29-4541

E-mail address: komet@​med.​uni-​tuebingen.​de

Hilde Bruch Lecture Award

at the Competence Center for Eating Disorders of the University Hospital Tübingen in cooperation with Schattauer-Verlag Stuttgart

The aim of the Hilde Bruch Lecture Award is to nominate a nationally/internationally renowned eating disorder researcher and therapist once a year and to invite them to give a public lecture at the University of Tübingen. The award is endowed with € 2,000.

Previous award winners

Hilde Bruch

was born on March 11, 1904 in Dülken on the Lower Rhine and died on December 15, 1984 in Houston, Texas. She was a German-American physician, psychoanalyst and eating disorder specialist. She studied at the Albert Ludwig University in Freiburg im Breisgau, where she graduated with a doctorate in medicine in 1929. Due to the rising anti-Semitism at the university, she gave up her academic career and initially went into private practice before fleeing to London in the summer of 1933. After a year's stay in London, she emigrated to the USA. In New York she worked in a children's hospital. From 1937 she began research on childhood obesity. In 1941-1943 she studied psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University. In Baltimore she met Harry Stack Sullivan, Frieda Fromm-Reichmann, Edith Weigert, and Theodore and Ruth Lidz. Sullivan, Lawrence S. Kubie, and Fromm-Reichmann were her most important teachers. The latter invited her to her weekly psychoanalytic seminars at Chestnut Lodge. She returned to New York in 1943, opened a private psychoanalytic practice, and taught at Columbia University. In 1952, her book Don't Be Afraid of Your Child: A Guide for Perplexed Parents was published. In 1964 she received a professorship in psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. In addition to a thriving private practice and a chair at Columbia University, she was active in research and wrote countless articles that made her an authority on eating disorders. By the time The Importance of Overweight was published in 1957, Hilde Bruch was already considered a leading researcher on childhood obesity. Her work was one of the first to educate the public about the dangers of childhood obesity. As anorexia nervosa rapidly increased in the 1960s and 1970s, she became increasingly involved in the treatment of this condition and soon became one of the world's leading authorities in the field. Hilde Bruch was also considered a brilliant and creative psychotherapist. In her book Grundzüge der Psychotherapie, she provided an accurate and informed description of the intensive interpersonal psychotherapeutic process. Her best-known writings include: a) The Golden Cage. The Riddle of Anorexia; b) Eating Disorders; c) The Starved Self. Conversations with anorexics.

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