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Hersen, Michel

I was born on a snowy day on January 14, 1940, in Brussels, Belgium. When I was only 16 weeks old, my parents traversed Belgium, France, and Spain, eventually reaching Portugal, to avoid the invading Nazi armies. Finally, in May of 1941, the Hersens (then Herszhowicz) reached New York City, where I had my initial education. Early influences were my parents, who stressed the importance of a broad education, including music, the arts, philosophy, science, and history. Beginning as a classically trained violinist at the Julliard School of Music, I entered Queens College in New York in 1957 and by my sophomore year in college had decided to become a clinical psychologist. This occurred after observing the psychological evaluation of a child with mental ...

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