Oral Histories

Cole, Jonathan

Biographical Sketch:

Internationally known for his breakthrough research on the use of drugs to treat psychiatric illnesses, the former chief of psychopharmacology at McLean Hospital in Belmont was so beloved by his patients that in 1992 they established the Mental Health Consumer Resource Center there in his name. Dr. Cole, who in the 1960s was the first director of the psychopharmacology research branch at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Md., died May 26 of complications of renal disease at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He had a prominent role in the development and Federal Drug Administration approval of many of the currently used antidepressants, including Prozac, Trazodone, and Wellbutrin. He graduated from Milton Academy in 1942 and enrolled at Harvard College, where he spent 1942 and 1943 before enrolling in 1944 in the middle of World War II at Cornell University Medical College in New York. Dr. Cole did his internship in Boston at what was then Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in 1947 and 1948 and his residency at Payne Whitney Clinic at New York Hospital from 1948 through 1951, prior to serving in the US Army during the Korean War.

Cole, Jonathan
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Dates: Jul-99
Interviewer: T.Ban



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