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Allan Hamilton

  • American businessman

Allan McLane Hamilton (October 6, 1848 – November 23, 1919) was an American psychiatrist of Scots descent, specialising in suicide and the impact of accidents and trauma upon mental health, and in criminal insanity, appearing at several trials.He was a founder of the New York Psychiatrical Society. He was a Professor of Psychiatry at Cornell Medical College in New York. He was the grandson of Louis McLane and Alexander Hamilton, and in 1910 he wrote The Intimate Life of Alexander Hamilton, a biography of his paternal grandfather.


When people are facing a severe illness or a major surgery, that may be one of the most significant opportunities for spiritual transformation that they will encounter.




I tell residents, if you gave me two patients with identical problems, and one of them had family at the bedside with a lot of laughter, plus photos and a quilt from home, and next door was another patient who was alone every time I came by - I'm going to be very nervous about the isolated patient's mental status.




There are plenty of studies that have shown that depression is associated with decreased immunity. So I want to harness all of the positive emotional energy I can in a patient to get better.




I call horses 'divine mirrors' - they reflect back the emotions you put in. If you put in love and respect and kindness and curiosity, the horse will return that.




People think of science as rolling back the mystery of God. I look at science as slowly creeping toward the mystery of God.




Therapy needs to be integrated. You mustn't forget about a patient's emotional wellbeing. It is vital to the outcome of their treatment.



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