Hilde Bruch

Hilde Bruch’s seminal work on eating disorders contributed significantly to understanding and treatment of the diseases in the 1970s. Bruch earned her doctorate at the University of Freiberg in 1929, but emigrated in 1933 to escape rising German anti-Semitism. Settling in New York, she began groundbreaking work on obesity in children in 1937 before shifting her focus to psychiatry, teaching at Columbia University before accepting a position at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX in 1964, where she continued to teach throughout her career. Her 1973 book, Eating Disorders: Obesity, Anorexia Nervosa, and the Person Within, is considered a definitive work on the subject. Despite suffering from Parkinson’s disease, she continued her therapeutic practice until her eightieth birthday.


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Hilde Bruch's collected works published in 1973, Eating Disorders: Obesity, Anorexia Nervosa and the Person Within, is still considered a definitive work on the subject.

Date of Birth

New York, NY
United States

Date of Death
Psychologist, Professor, Writer

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