Great Black Men in HistoryStaying informed is half the battle...

Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller
Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller


Solomon Fuller, the first black psychiatrist in the United States, played a key role in the development of psychiatry in the 1900s Known for his researchon dementia, Fuller helped make the United States the leader in psychiatry that it is today In addition, as a professor at Boston University School of Medicine for more than 30 years, Fuller helped train the next generation of psychiatrists Solomon Carter Fuller was born on August 11, 1872 in Monrovia, Liberia His family, however, had American roots; his grandfather, John Lewis Fuller, had been a slave in Virginia who had been able to buy his freedom and move his family to Liberia Solomon's father, also named Solomon, was a coffee planter and an official in the Liberian government His mother, Anna Ursala James, whose parents were physicians and missionaries, set up a school to teach Carter and other area children Fuller's early education also included six years--from age 10 to 16--at the College Preparatory School of Monrovia In 1889, at the age of 17, Fuller left Liberia to attend Livingstone College in North Carolina He graduated in 1893, began studying medicine at Long Island College Hospital, and later transferred to Boston University School of Medicine.

Fuller received his MD degree in 1897 Upon graduation, Fuller accepted a position as intern and official helper in the pathology lab at Westborough State Hospital in Massachusetts After two years he was promoted to pathologist, a position in which he remained for 22 years Fuller was also a consultant to the hospital for an additional 23 years At the same time that he was beginning his career in medicine, Fuller also became a member of the medical faculty at Boston University School of MedicineHe taught at BUSM for 34 years, becoming, in turn, an instructor, lecturer,associate professor, and emeritus professor of neurology According to Robert H Sharpley in George E Gifford, Jr's Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy, and the New England Medical Scene, 1844-1944, Fuller's decision to pursue a career in neurology and psychiatry was influenced by a lecture at the American Medico-Psychological Association given by neurologist S Weir Mitchell According to Sharpley, Mitchell, in his lecture, criticizedhospitals for not studying mental illness In addition, he called forhospitals to study both the pathology and psychology of their patients.

Fuller followed Mitchell's advice by collecting and analyzing data on patients with various mental disorders, Sharpley says To further his knowledge, in 1900Fuller took advanced courses at the Carnegie Laboratory in New York He thenwent to Europe in 1904, studying under Emil Kraepelin and Alois Alzheimer, professors at the University of Munich's psychiatric clinic Once back in the United States, Fuller continued his work at Westborough and BUSM Fuller became known for his work on Alzheimer's disease, a degenerative neurological disorder in which memory, judgment, and the ability to reason progressively deteriorate He also focused his research on the organic causes of disorders such as schizophrenia and manic-depressive psychosis (now called bipolar disorder) Finally, Fuller practiced psychiatry, which he continued past his retirement Fuller helped develop the neuropsychiatric unit at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Tuskegee, Alabama, personally training the doctors who went onto head the department According to Sharpley, Fuller's knowledge of the venereal disease, syphilis later helped these doctors diagnose syphilis inblack World War II veterans who had been misdiagnosed with behavioral disorders In 1909 Fuller married Meta Vaux Warrick, a sculptor who had at one point studied under Rodin.

Fuller and his wife had three sons In his personal life, Fuller enjoyed photography, gardening, and book binding Though he became blind in his later years, by all reports he continued to work, seeing patients and reading via "talking books" Fuller died on January 16, 1953 Though Fullerhated being called "an excellent black psychiatrist," he is remembered to this day both for his work and for his pioneering role as the first black psychiatrist The mental health facility at Boston University is now officially known as the Dr Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Health Center And in 1972, the American Psychiatric Association and the Black Psychiatrists of America established the Solomon Carter Fuller Institute.

One Day On Earth: How DMH and Fuller Help Tell the Worlds Story
Filmmaker Cecily Tyler produced a short film about the DMH Solomon Carter Fuller Community Mental Health Center for the global video project One Day on ...
Watch Video
Solomon Carter Fuller Memory Screening Day and Community Lecture, 2017
Dr. Keith Whitfield offered his presentation “Mind Over Matter: Health Cognitive Aging with an Emphasis on African American Men” during the 2017 Solomon ...
Watch Video
Solomon Carter Fuller Memory Screening Day with Dr. Goldie Byrd
NBC 15 coverage of ADAW's 5th Annual Solomon Carter Fuller Memory Screening program with Dr. Goldie Byrd. Mt Zion Baptist Church, Madison.
Watch Video
My Chart, discussion of crisis unit at Solomon Carter Fuller building
via YouTube Capture.
Watch Video
Cute cats. :) (... does anyone wanna call me? Actually be man/woman enough to say what you have to)
be mantoman enough to say what you have to, TO ME? Instead of ABOUT ME, but NOT ME? Just sayin.. Common courtesy. That's not a threat, it's an invitation.
Watch Video
Racial and Ethnic Issues in Diagnosis and Treating Bipolar Disorder With Dr. William Lawson
Increasingly bipolar disorder is being recognized as a severe mental illness that has short term consequences, long term consequences and a major source of ...
Watch Video
Neely Fuller - sexual child molestation (white & non-white)
Neely Fuller explains that a white person engaging in sexual intercourse with a non-white person is the equivalent of child abuse molestation Mr Fuller's ...
Watch Video
Voyeurism accusations against rabbi stack up
Police say a prominent rabbi secretly videotaped at least six women changing clothes at a ritual cleansing bath affiliated with his District of Columbia synagogue.
Watch Video
DMH Legislative Breakfast at Massachusetts State House - Boston, MA 2013
FHR attends the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health's annual Legislative Breakfast at the State House in Boston, MA.
Watch Video
Town Hall with Young African Leaders
President Obama holds a town hall meeting with Young African Leaders from over 50 countries about the future of Africa in an interconnected world and the role ...
Watch Video
01/01/14: Video from 01/01/14: Literacy is important
January 1, 2014 I filmed this video a few minutes ago. It shows: --the end of "Celebrity," a movie --part of the movie "The Wizard of Oz" Copyright, with noted ...
Watch Video
Hatchery Manager Arrested for Voyeurism
Hatchery Manager Arrested for Voyeurism.
Watch Video
01/31/14: Video from 01/31/14: Are these people sexually molesting their children?
January 31, 2014 I filmed this video a few minutes ago. It shows the 1st pages of Google search results for: --Barack Obama --Michelle Obama --Ryan Phillippe ...
Watch Video
12/21/13: Video from 12/16/13: Braintree, Part 16
Copyright L. Kochman, December 21, 2013 @ 9:31 p.m..
Watch Video
Wisconsins Silver Alert
Green Bay Press Gazette coverage from the signing of the Silver Alert bill with Govenor Scott Walker by Doug Schneider. Advocate Claire Baeb worked with ...
Watch Video
RPIW#17 - Mental Health Service Line
RPIW#17 - Mental Health Service Line Standardizing admission criteria to the Mental Health Unit. Gemba ED RGH June 28, 2013.
Watch Video
Doctors call Alzheimers Disease a silent epidemic among African-Americans
Dr. Consuelo Wilkins, Executive Director of the Meharry Vanderbilt Alliance, promotes community-based efforts to address Alzheimer's Disease in the ...
Watch Video
01/21/14: Video from 01/16/14: Braintree, Part 15: Its not reality television, its crime.
Copyright L. Kochman, January 21, 2014 @ 8:35 p.m..
Watch Video
WKOW Wake Up Wisconsin with Teresa Mackin
Public Policy Director Rob Gundermann talks about the Alliance and the upcoming Alzheimer's Walk at Warner Park on September 17 and our programs and ...
Watch Video
Crisis stabilization unit opens in Colorado Springs
Crisis stabilization unit opens in Colorado Springs.
Watch Video

More Video