Isador Coriat

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Isador Coriat
Isador Coriat (1914).jpg
Born (1875-12-10)December 10, 1875
Philadelphia, United States
Died May 26, 1943(1943-05-26) (aged 67)
Boston, United States
Alma mater Tufts Medical School (1900)
Occupation Psychiatrist, neurologist
Spouse(s) Etta Dann
Parent(s) Hyram Coriat
Clara née Einstein

Isador Henry Coriat (December 10, 1875 – May 26, 1943) was an American psychiatrist and neurologist of Moroccan descent. He was one of the first American psychoanalysts.[1] .

He was born in Philadelphia in 1875 as the son of Hyram Coriat and Clara née Einstein.[2] He was of Moroccan descent on father's side and German on mother's side. He grew up in Boston and attended Tufts Medical School, graduating in 1900.[3]

He was one of the founders of Boston Psychoanalytic Society, the first secretary in 1914 and president in years 1930-32. Coriat was the only Freudian analyst in Boston during the period after James Jackson Putnam's death.[4]

Coriat worked with the Rev. Elwood Worcester, served as the medical expert for the Emmanuel Movement and co-authored Religion and Medicine; The Moral Control of Nervous Disorders.

Coriat married Etta Dann in 1910. He died on May 26, 1943, after a brief illness.

Selected works[edit]

  • Abnormal Psychology. New York, Moffat, Yard, 1910
  • The Hysteria of Lady Macbeth. New York, Moffat, Yard and company, 1912
  • “The Oedipus-Complex in the Psychoneuroses,” The Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 7(3) (Aug.-Sept. 1912): 176-195.
  • “Homosexuality, its Psychogenesis and Treatment,” New York Medical Journal (March 22, 1913).
  • The Meaning of Dreams. Boston, Little, Brown, and company, 1915
  • Repressed Emotions. New York, Brentano's 1920
  • Religion and Medicine; The Moral Control of Nervous Disorders. By Elwood Worcester, Samual McComb [and] Isador M. Coriat. New York, Moffat, Yard & company, 1908
  • Stammering, a Psychoanalytic Interpretation. N.Y. : 1928
  • What is Psychoanalysis? New York : Moffat, Yard & Co., 1917
  • Sex and Hunger. Psychoanal Rev 8, 375-381 (1921) link
  • The Sadism in Oscar Wilde's “Salome”. Psychoanal Rev 1, 257-259 (1914) link
  • Humor and hypomania. Psychiatric Quarterly 13, 4, s. 681-688 (1939) 10.1007/BF01571533
  • “The Structure of the Ego,” The Psychoanalytic Quarterly 9(3) (1940): 380-393.
  • “Some Personal Reminiscences of Psychoanalysis in Boston: An Autobiographical Note,” The Psychoanalytic Review 32(1) (January 1945): 1-8.
  • “Obituary: Isador H. Coriat,” The Psychoanalytic Review 30(4) (October 1943): 479-483.


  1. ^ Nathan G Hale: Freud and the Americans: The Beginnings of Psychoanalysis in the United States, 1876-1917 (Freud in America), Publisher: Oxford University Press,First Edition (1971), ISBN 0-19-501427-8
  2. ^ Dictionary of American Biography volume 12. Scribner, 1959 page 190
  3. ^ Andrew R. Heinze: Jews and the American Soul: Human Nature in the Twentieth Century. Princeton University Press, 2004 ISBN 0-691-11755-1 page 120-123
  4. ^ International Dictionary of Psychoanalysis. Alain de Mijolla (ed.) page 207 ISBN 0-02-865994-5