Marie Nyswander Psychiatrist

Marie Nyswander (March 13, 1919 – April 20, 1986) was an American psychiatrist and psychoanalyst known for developing and popularizing the use of methadone to treat heroin addiction. Nyswander was born on March 13, 1919, in Reno, Nevada. Her father, James Nyswander, was a mathematics professor and her mother was noted health educator Dorothy Bird Nyswander; they divorced soon after her birth, and Nyswander followed her mother to Berkeley, Salt Lake City, and New York City. Her original name was Mary Elizabeth Nyswander; she took the name Marie as a teenager. Nyswander graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1937 and trained as a physician and surgeon at the Cornell University medical school until 1944; while at Cornell, she was briefly married to anatomy instructor Charles Berry. After finishing her studies at Cornell, she attempted to join the Navy, but discovered that they did not allow women to serve as surgeons. Instead she took up a position at the Lexington Narcotic Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, under the auspices of the United States Public Health Service, where she was first exposed to the harsh treatment then given to drug addicts.

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Date of birth
March 13th, 1919
Date of death
April 20th, 1986 at age of 67




1. Cornell University Colleges/University

Cornell University ( /kɔrˈnɛl/ kor-NEL) is a private Ivy League research university located in Ithaca, New York, United States. It is a private land-grant university, receiving annual funding from the State of New York for certain educational missions. Founded in 1865 by Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White, the university was intended to teach and make contributions in all fields of knowledge—from the classics to the sciences, and from the theoretical to the applied. These ideals, unconventional for the time, are captured in Cornell's motto, a popular 1865 Ezra Cornell quotation: "I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study.

Institution info

Type Private university
2012. 4.95 bil. $
2011. 5.28 bil. $
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410 Thurston Ave., 1853 - Ithaca, New York
2012. 14,261
2010. 13,935
2009. 13,914
2012. 7,163
2011. 7,004
2010. 4,971
Acceptance rate
2014. 14.0 %
2012. 16.2 %
2010. 18.0 %
Local tuition
2013. 29 K $
2012. 43.4 K $
2011. 41.5 K $
2010. 39.5 K $
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People attended Cornell University connected by profession and/or age

b. 1948., Psychiatrist
b. 1892., Psychiatrist
b. 1932., Psychiatrist
b. 1924., Writer
b. 1923., Historian
b. 1923., Actor
b. 1923., Politician

2. Sarah Lawrence College Colleges/University

Sarah Lawrence College is a private and independent liberal arts college in the United States. It is located in southern Westchester County, New York, in the city of Yonkers, 15 miles (24 km) north of Manhattan.

Type Private school
2011. 66.8 mil. $
Institution colors
1 Mead Way, 10708 - Bronxville, New York
2012. 1,420
2010. 1,328
2009. 1,367
2012. 316
2011. 340
2010. 342
Acceptance rate
2010. 62.0 %
Local tuition
2014. 49.7 K $
2010. 42.6 K $
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Wikipedia article

Institution social analysis

Notable alumni by career
Notable alumni by gender

People attended Sarah Lawrence College connected by profession and/or age

b. 1924., TV Writer
b. 1918., Visual Artist
b. 1919., Aviator
b. 1924., Writer
b. 1917., Actor
b. 1916., Dancer
b. 1919., Organization founder
b. 1952., Organization leader


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