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Guide to the Marcel Montassut Papers, 1914-1975

Summary

Pyschiatrist of Villejuif and Moiselles, France. The collection (300 items; dated 1914-1975) contains the papers of Marcel Montassut, a noted French psychiatrist who worked in the Hôpital Psychiatrique de Villejuif as Médecin-Chef from 1942 to 1960. Montassut's papers are primarily research-oriented and include several of his publications, notes on particular subject areas, and reviews of work in the field of psychiatry. Also present are civil and military documents pertaining to Montassut, as well as correspondence between colleagues, including the noted French psychiatrist Léon Chertok. The bulk of his research is founded in studies on depression, melancholia, and epilepsy. Additionally, the papers include documents related to his professional involvement as interim director at the Centre Neuro-Psychiatrique de Moiselles and as president of the Société Française de Médecine Psychosomatique.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.10169
Title
Marcel Montassut papers
Date
1914-1975
Extent
2 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in French.

Collection Overview

The collection documents the work of noted French psychiatrist Marcel Montassut, and includes his correspondence, writings, research notes, and official civil and military documents. Of particular note are Monstassut’s letters with noted French psychiatrist Léon Chertok and the revised transcript of his book, "La dépression constitutionelle." The bulk of his research materials pertain to depression, melancholia, and epilepsy. The collection also includes documents related to his professional involvement as interim director at the Centre Neuro-Psychiatrique de Moiselles and as president of the Société Française de Médecine Psychosomatique. Acquired as part of the History of Medicine Collections.

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Arrangement

Organized into the following series: Personal files, Writings, and Subject files. Arranged alphabetically.

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Collection is open for research. Certain documents with patient information have been restricted until 2034. Redacted photocopies can be found in respective folders. Restricted items are found in a folder at the end of the collection in Box 2.

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[Identification of item], Marcel Montassut Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

1. Personal Files, 1914-1975

Series includes materials related to Montassut's involvement in professional organizations, as well as his identity documents, correspondence, and an obituary. Some files with patient information are restricted until 2034; however, redacted photocopies of this material have been made available.

Centre Neuro-Psychiatrique de Moisellesm, 1940

Correspondence, clippings, and files during Montassut's interim service as Médecin-Capitaine at the Centre Neuro-Psychiatrique de Moisselles.

Box 1
Cirriculum Vitaes, 1956-1958
Box 1
Civil/medical identity documents, 1975

Syndicat de la Presse Scientifique; Fiche individuelle d'etat civil et de nationalité française

Box 1
Compagnie Nationale Air France, 1961-1965
Box 1
Correspondence, 1926-1974

General correspondence, including during Montassut's presidency of the Société Française de Médécine Psychosomatique, with the Préfecture de Police, and one letter with L. Chertok, a noted French psychiatrist.

Box 1
Hôpital Psychiatrique de Villejuif, 1942-1960

From Montassut's work as Médecin-Chef at the Psychiatric Hospital in Villejuif. Includes a list of assistant attachés and interns, correspondence, files on the projet du service libre, and annual reports.

Box 1
Military identity documents, 1917-1961

Includes carte d'identité de sanitaire, travel documents, and summaries of service.

Box 1
Obituary, 1975
Box 1
Premier Congres de Médécine Psychosomatique, 1960

Includes address given by Montassut at the conference.

Box 1
Société Française de Médécine Psychosomatique, 1960

From the time Montassut served as President. Includes letterhead, statutes, founder lists, and member lists.

Box 1
Postal Work, 1914

From Montassut's first job in Postal Administration.

Box 1

2. Writings

This series contains writings and lectures by Marcel Montassut, including a a revised transcript of his book "La dépression constitutionelle." Also includes two binders that housed Montassut's personal collection of his publications in chronological order. A title list is provided for each binder.

Binder 1, 1922-1926

“Délire systématisé fantastique à base d’imagination et d’hallucinations,” 1922 “Délire d’imagination,” 1923 “Tics respiratoires et troubles mentaux au cours d’une encéphalite épidémique fruste,” 1923 “Désagrégation de la personnalité au cours d’un délire d’influence chez une dégénérée,” 1924 “Un cas de ‘syndrome des sosies’ chez une délirante hallucinée par interprétation des troubles psycho-sensoriels,” 1925 “Le traitement des états anxieux par le gardénal à doses réfractées,” 1925 “La constitution paranoïaque,” 1925 «Un délire de compensation,” 1924 “L’hyperpnée dans la diagnostic de l’épilepsie psychique,” 1925 “Note sur les modifications sanguines au cours de l’hyperpnée volontaire,” 1925 “La compensation idéo-affective,” 1925 “Épreuve de l’hyperpnée dans les psychoses,” 1925 “Psychose intermittente atypique simulant la démence précoce,” 1925 “Léon Bloy, Pélerin de l’absolu,” 1926 “Délimitation de la paranoïa légitime,” 1926 “Présidence de M. Henri Claude,” 1926 “Sur le rôle de l’alcalose dans l’épilepsie convulsive,” 1926 “Les troubles de la cénesthésie,” 1926 “Cénesthopathie et périodicité,” 1926

Box 1
Binder 2, 1927-1930

“Hépatisme et fatigue,” 1927 “Action des chocs sur des chiens porteurs de lésions rolandiques,” 1927 “Action préventive du choc anaphylactique sur les convulsions des chiens ‘épileptisés’ à la strychnine,” 1927 “Épilepsie et choc anaphylactique,” 1927 “Interprétation délirante d’actes automatiques comitiaux,” 1927 “Rythme paradoxal de la sensation de fatigue et de l’asthénie dans une forme particulière de neurasthénie,” 1928 “Rythmes quotidiens de fatigue au cours des asthénies,” 1928 “Amélioration d’une psychose hallucinatoire sous l’influence du traitement pyrétique et anti-infectieux,” 1929 “Neurasthénies syphilitiques,” 1929 “Neurasthénie et oxalémie,” 1930 “Etude Clinique et nosologique de la dépression psycho-musculaire chronique avec émotivité constitutionnelle,” 1930 “Emotivité, potassium et calcium plasmatiques,” 1930 “Sédation d’une exoitation maniaque par ingestion de Cacl,” 1930 “Epilepsie et accidents hypoglycémiques chez un Parkinsonien traité à l’insuline,” 1930 “Le magnésium chez les déprimés émotifs,” 1930 “La fatigue du neurasthénique,” 1930 [unpublished]

Box 1
Biology of Melancholia

Montassut's undated writings and notes on the biology of melancholia.

Box 1
"Formes mineures de la mélancolie périodique", undated
Box 1
History and criticisms of Melancholia, undated

Montassut's undated writings and notes on the history and criticisms of melancholia research.

Box 1
"Investigations psychiatriques en urologie", 1951
Box 2
"La dépression constitutionnelle", 1931-1965

Includes three publications under same title: 1931, 1935, 1965.

Box 2
"La dépression constitutionnelle," revisions, undated

Revised original manuscript by Montassut.

Box 2
Lecture notes, 1928-1936

Files include lectures given and attended by Montassut.

Box 2
"Les manics chroniques", undated
Box 2
Psychogenesis of Melancholia

Montassut's undated writings and notes on the psychogenesis of melancholia.

Box 2
"Traitement du delirium tremens et des états mélancoliques", undated
Box 2
"Valeur practique de la médecine psychosomatique", undated

Published with L. Chertok.

Box 2

3. Subject Files

Includes Montassut's notes on various topics in the field of psychiatry, as well as his comments on scholarly publications by other well-known psychiatrists.

Associated psychoses, undated
Box 2
Ethiologie et Pathogenie, undated
Box 2
"Étude sur l'hibernation", 1938
Box 2
"Hommage à J. H. Schultz", 1959
Box 2
"La neuro-psychiatrie dans le cadre de la réforme hospitalière et hospitalo-universitaire", undated
Box 2
"Syndrôme de Cotard", 1920
Box 2
 

Historical Note

Dr. Marcel Montassut, a French psychiatrist, was born on August 14, 1897. Professionally, Montassut worked in the Centre Neuro-Psychiatrique de Moiselles as an interim director in 1940, as well as at the Hôpital Psychiatrique de Villejuif as Médecin-Chef from 1942 to 1960. During World War I and World War II, he served as a medical assistant and doctor. Montassut also held the presidency of the Société Française de Médécine Psychosomatique in 1960. He married in 1937 and spent much of his career in Villejuif. During his lifetime, Montassut published many articles on depression, epilepsy, fatigue, and psychosomatics. He worked closely with Léon Chertok, a well-known French psychiatrist. Montassut died in 1975.


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Provenance

The Marcel Montassut Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in August 2014 as part of the History of Medicine Collections.

Processing Information

Processed by: AJ Meyer, August 2014

Encoded by: AJ Meyer, August 2014

Accessions described in this finding aid: 2012-0164