Author Biographical Info

Hilde Bruch was born in Dulken, Germany on March 11, 1904; her family was Jewish. An uncle encouraged her to study medicine and she graduated from Albert Ludwig University with a doctorate in 1929. She took academic and research positions with the University of Kiel and then the University of Leipzig, but left academia for private pediatric practice in 1932 because of rising anti-Semitism. She moved to the United States in 1934 and worked at the Babies’ Hospital at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. She obtained her American medical license in 1935 and, in 1937, began research on childhood obesity, the beginning of her career studying eating disorders. From 1941 to 1943 Bruch studied psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore before returning to New York to open her own psychiatric practice and teach at Columbia University. She took a position in psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in 1964 and remained in Houston for the rest of her life. She died on December 15, 1984.


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Publication Date(s)

June 1974




Hilde Bruch seated, waiting to speak while another woman speaks; poster reads "Nutrition and Psyche: A multidisciplinary study group on nutrition, body, and mind" in Italian and English


Congresses and conventions, Nutrition, Nutrition disorders, Eating disorders, Ventimiglia (Italy), Hilde Bruch (1904-1984), photographs » black-and-white photographs


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