Samuel Gershon’s comment

Joel Elkes in Memoriam by Barry Blackwell - Comment by Samuel Gershon

This is a marvelous piece on Joel Elkes and Barry is right in stating that he generously contributed his ideas to widely help a new enterprise or offered specific points of view that would benefit the development of an existing enterprise. He was a kind and generous man.  Moreover, it should be mentioned that Joel and Seymour Kety were the two most important people in bringing the impact of biological psychiatry to Israel. Psychiatry in Israel was dominated by European analytic psychiatry and these two leaders brought in help, ideas, plans, projects and funds to set up labs. The warriors they brought to this effort were Elliot Gershon, Bernard Lerer and others. So their efforts were unceasing.


Samuel Gershon
January 7, 2015