American College of Osteopathic Neurologists and Psychiatrists

The American College of Neuropsychiatrists

(An Osteopathic Institution)

By Floyd E. Dunn, D.O., F.A.C.N., F.A.A.M.D.

The January 1971 (Vol. XXIV, No. 1) Bulletin reported the election of Harry S. Still, D.O. to the presidency of the Missouri State Board of the Healing Arts, Jan. 10th 1971. Dr. Still was Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, a diplomat in psychiatry of the A.O.B.N.&P. and a senior member of the A.C.N. He had just completed his second term as Secretary of the Healing Arts Board and was the first D.O. to serve as president.

The biggest historical event of 1971 for our College was our Thirty-fifth Annual Meeting, which was enclosed in a package trip to London, Paris, Madrid, and Lisbon. Some sixty of us made the trip, with its planned Continuing Medical Education sessions and its cross-cultural evaluations. One is tempted to report more detail of this experience than its real place in our College’s total history genuinely merits. We listened to famed British psychiatrists W.D. Wadsworth and Eliot Slater (genetics research director of the historic Maudsley Hospital); to French psychiatrists Serge Lebovici, Professor Baruk, and L. Traimer. We visited the “Maudsley” in London, and the “Maison Blanc” in Paris. The College conferred upon Harry Stanley Still, D.O. the degree: Fellow of the American College of Neuropsychiatrists, October 3, 1971. We left Kennedy October 1, 1971 and those who continued with the seminar to Madrid and Lisbon wound up their learning adventure with a gala Bon Voyage celebration October 18 before their next-day trip to the Lisbon airport to board the J.F. Kennedy-bound jet. The trip had been a unifying event for the body of the college, and the resulting camaraderie and friendship created cohesion among the members that lasted for the next decade.

This European jaunt also gave birth to our Auxiliary to the American College of Neuropsychiatrists. Our spouses had a highly successful organization meeting, and they have been a valuable aid in our continuing progress ever since. The officers of the new Auxiliary were Sylvia Kanev, President; Helen Thompson, Vice President; Wilda Dunn, Treasurer; Gloria Joye, Secretary.

Since those who had made the trip (although there was an official quorum) did not constitute a majority of the members of all categories in the College, it was decided to re-elect the incumbent officers, except that the office of treasurer was separated from that of secretary, and Burton T. Mark was elected to fill the newly created post. Edythe Varner continued as President; Fred Marshall as Vice President; and Sydney Kanev as Executive Secretary.

The A.C.N. Bulletin of April 1972 (Vol 1. XXV. No. 2) carried the news of the death of former secretary-treasurer of the College, Don. C. Littlefield, while in Alaska on a boat trip, July 30, 1971. Don was a Fellow of the College, and had been one of its Presidents before agreeing to accept the office of secretary-treasurer.

Two situations of importance to the college were reported in the Bulletin of July 1972: A.O.A.-approved training centers were beginning to feel the competition to fill vacancies with so many M.D. centers opening their programs to D.O. applicants; and P.C.O.M. administration still was not accepting the need for a full specialty department of Psychiatry and Neurology despite the persuasive efforts of many of our certified members of the American College of Neuropsychiatrists. The A.C.N’s Council on Educational Evaluation reported that they had reviewed the programs of fifty-five trainees in full-time residency or fellowship programs during their 1972 summer meeting, and the Secretary of the A.O.B.NP. reported that nine candidates had received their specialty certificates, making seventy-three people who had been certified since the creation of our specialty board.

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