Arnold Pick


Arnold Pick was a Jewish Czech psychiatrist, known for identifying the clinical syndrome called Pick's disease. He studied medicine in Vienna and obtained a doctorate in 1875. He was an assistant to the neurologist Theodor Hermann Meynert (1833-1892) and worked in the same research unit as Karl Wernicke. His work on brain localization as it pertained to speech disturbance led to his international reputation.

In 1878 Pick was appointed physician in the department of psychiatry and neurology at the University of Prague. In 1880 he became the director of a new mental hospital and six years later he was appointed professor of psychiatry and head of a psychiatric clinic in Prague.

Pick produced over 350 publications, many of them on apraxia and agrammatism. His textbook on the pathology of the nervous system was widely used.

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