MacRobert, Russell Galbraith (1890–1967)
Psychiatrist and neurologist with a special interest in parapsychology.
MacRobert was born June 4, 1890, at London,
Ontario, Canada, and studied at the University of Western Ontario
(M.D., 1912) and the University of Toronto (M.D., 1916).
He was an associate neuropsychiatrist at Lenox Hill Hospital,
New York (1922–41), a captain in the USNR Medical Corps
during World War II, and afterward returned to Lenox Hill
(1946–55). In 1955 he entered private practice and became an
instructor in clinical neurology at New York University, Bellevue
Hospital Medical Center, New York.
He was a member of the American Medical Association,
American Academy of Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry
and Neurology, and Academy of Religion and Mental
Health, and a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association
and the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. His interest in
intuition, clairvoyance, and mediumship prompted him to
join the American Society for Psychical Research.
MacRobert published many articles on medical, psychiatric,
and neurological subjects, as well as articles in parapsychology,
including the chapter ‘‘Something Better than Reincarnation’’
in the book Reincarnation (1956) and the preface to R. DeWitt
Miller’s book You Do Take It with You (1956).
He died on July 10, 1967, of cancer.
Sources
MacRobert, Russell G. ‘‘Current Attitudes of American
Neuropsychiatrists towards Parapsychology.’’ Journal of Parapsychology
(November 1948).
———. ‘‘Hallucinations of the Sane.’’ Journal of Insurance
Medicine 5, no. 3 (1950).
———. ‘‘Psychiatry and Intuition.’’ Journal of Insurance Medicine
4, no. 3 (1949).
———. ‘‘Science Studies Intuition.’’ Tomorrow (May 1950).
———. ‘‘When Is Healing ‘Psychic’’’ Tomorrow (spring
1955).
———. ‘‘Where Is Bridey Murphy’’ Tomorrow (spring
1956).
Pleasants, Helene, ed. Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology.
New York Helix Press, 1964.