Devereux, George (1908–1985)
Professor of research in ethnopsychiatry, author, and editor
who engaged in parapsychological research. He was born September
13, 1908, in Lugos, Hungary. He studied at the School
of Oriental Languages in Paris and the Institute of Ethnology,
University of Paris (Ph.D., Anthropology, 1935), and later at
the University of California and the Topeka Institute for Psychoanalysis,
Topeka, Kansas. After World War II he accepted
a position as the director of research and staff ethnologist at
Winter Veterans Hospital. Subsequently he became a professor
of research in ethnopsychiatry, at Temple University School of
Medicine, Philadelphia.
In addition to his many publications in anthropology and
psychology, Devereaux made several contributions to parapsychology.
He edited the important volume Psychoanalysis and the
Occult (1953) and contributed a variety of articles on levitation,
Haitian voudou, superstitions, and dreams–many of which
grew out of his early anthropological fieldwork—to parapsychological
journals.
Devereux died in May of 1985.
Sources
Devereux, George. Basic Problems of Psychiatry. Chicago University
of Chicago Press, 1980.
———. ‘‘Bridey Murphy, a Psychoanalytic View.’’ Tomorrow
(Summer 1956).
Devereux, George, ed. Psychoanalysis and the Occult. New
York International Universities Press, 1953.
Pleasants, Helene, ed. Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology.
New York Helix Press, 1964.