John Romano, born in Milwaukee, Wis, in 1908, graduated from Marquette University's Medical School in 1934, and trained in psychiatry, neurology, and psychoanalysis at Yale University, University of Colorado, and Harvard University. In 1942, he became professor and chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, working with colleagues such as Milton Rosenbaum and George Engel and others destined to influence postwar American psychiatry and medicine. In 1946, he became chairman at the University of Rochester (NY), where for the last 23 years he has been the Distinguished University Professor of Psychiatry (continuing in active emeritus status since 1979). His department was a magnet for many of today's leading investigators and scholars in psychosomatics, schizophrenia, and epidemiology. He was a member of the original National Advisory Mental Health Council of the National Institute of Mental Health in 1946, and his national advisory role since,
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