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When Rollo May’s “little band” of New York psychologists fought back against organized medicine’s attempts to control psychotherapy (2022)


At a time when New York was best positioned to influence the development of the profession of psychology in the mid-twentieth century, efforts to pass licensing or certification in Albany floundered for more than 15 years due to opposition from physicians and psychiatrists. That changed when Rollo May emerged as the leader of New York psychologists’ lobbying effort in 1952, and he turned their losing and defensive campaign against organized medicine into a winning and offensive one. He inspired his fellow pioneering psychologists to withstand the “overwhelming power” of organized medicine and see their profession through its “frontier struggles,” which culminated in the Empire State’s psychologist regulation law in 1956. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2022 APA, all rights reserved)

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Authors & Contributors
Plutniak, Sébastien
Pfutsch, Pierre
Schlett, James
Arnet, Evan
Johnson, David Alan
Tomlinson, W. Craig
Préhistoires Méditerranéennes
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Psychological Reports
Psychoanalysis and History
Osmanli Bilimi Arastirmalari: Studies in Ottoman Science
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
University of Akron Press
Palgrave Macmillan
Lexington Books
Kent State University Press
Johns Hopkins University Press
Professional qualifications; status; remuneration
Professions and professionalization
Legislative and administrative regulations
Medicine and government
Laplace, Georges
Buchanan, John
Waksman, Selman Abraham
Miles, Walter Richard
Spencer, Herbert
Rado, Sandor
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
20th century, late
20th century, early
18th century
Early modern
United States
New York (U.S.)
New York City (New York, U.S.)
St. John's University (New York)
United States. Supreme Court
Habsburg, House of

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