Eisenbud, Jule (1908–1999)
Physician, psychiatrist, and parapsychologist. Eisenbud was
born November 20, 1908, in New York, New York, and studied
at Columbia College (B.A., 1929), Columbia College of Physicians
and Surgeons (M.D., 1934), and Columbia University
(D.Med.Sc., 1939). In 1950 he became a professor of psychiatry
at the University of Colorado Medical School and an attending
psychiatrist at the U.S. Veterans Administration Hospital in
Denver.
Eisenbud was a charter member of the Parapsychological
Association and wrote numerous articles on psychiatry and
psychoanalysis based on his experiments on telepathy and the
psi faculty. His first paper on a parapsychological subject led
to a move (unsuccessful) to have him expelled from the New
York Psychoanalytic Society. He attracted even more attention
with his book The World of Ted Serios ‘‘Thoughtographic’’ Studies
of an Extraordinary Mind (1967), which deals with his investigation
of Ted Serios, a former Chicago bellhop who claimed to
imprint mental images on photographic film. His support of
Serios provoked a controversy about his claimed abilities that
in the end left a variety of unanswered questions amid charges
of Serios’s producing the effects by fraud.
Eisenbud died on March 10, 1999.
Sources
Berger, Arthur S., and Joyce Berger. The Encyclopedia of
Parapsychology and Psychical Research. New York Paragon
House, 1991.
Eisenbud, Jule. Paranormal Foreknowledge Problems and Perplexities.
New York Human Sciences Press, 1982.
———. ‘‘Paranormal Photography.’’ In Handbook of Parapsychology,
edited by B. B. Wolman. New York Van Nostrand Reinhold,
1977.
———. Psi and Psychoanalysis. New York Grune & Stratton,
1970.
———. ‘‘Psychic Photography and Thoughtography.’’ In
Psychic Exploration A Challenge for Science, edited by Edgar D.
Mitchell and John White. New York Putnam, 1974.
———. The World of Ted Serios ‘‘Thoughtographic’’ Studies of
an Extraordinary Mind. 2d ed. Jefferson, N.C. McFarland, 1989.

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