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December 15, 1945

Medical News

JAMA. 1945;129(16):1112-1115. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860500044016

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Abstract

CALIFORNIA 

Von Urban Loses Reappointment as County Psychologist.—  Dr. Rudolph Von Urban, "adviser on sexual problems" for forty-eight years, lost his job as psychologist of Monterey County in September, when members of the board of supervisors failed to reappoint him. Newspapers reported that members of the board declared that they were "frantic" from complaints by taxpayers who resent Von Urban's sex talks before service clubs. In 1944 Von Urban was acquitted of charges that he had practiced medicine without a license. He had been brought into court on a complaint of an investigator for the state board of medical examiners, the state contending that he had been trained as a physician in his native Vienna, had practiced medicine there for many years and therefore was acting as a doctor when he set out to advise Monterey County women. In his defense, Von Urban is said to have defined "sexology" as

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