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June 2001

Seymour S. Kety, MD (1915-2000)

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2001;58(6):604-606. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.58.6.604

When Seymour Kety died quietly and peacefully on May 25, 2000, at age 84 years, he left a legacy of scientific accomplishments in the elucidation of human brain function in health and disease. He brought the methodological rigor of basic science and his extraordinary insights into studies of the human brain that have led to major advances in neurophysiology, cognitive science, and allied disciplines, and launched neuroscience on its royal road to solving many of the mysteries of psychopathological and neuropathological conditions. Although Kety contributed substantively to many areas of physiology and neuroscience, he will be most remembered for developing methods to measure cerebral blood flow (CBF) and metabolism, for providing the evidence for the genetic transmission of schizophrenia, and for having established the first national mental health research effort at the National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, Md).

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