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Dr Lauretta Bender
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Birth: Aug. 9, 1897
Silver Bow County
Montana, USA
Death: Jan. 4, 1987
Anne Arundel County
Maryland, USA

Lauretta Bender, M.D. (18971987) was a child neuropsychiatrist, best known as the creator of the Bender-Gestalt Test.

Early Life

Born on August 9, 1897, to John Oscar Bender, an attorney, and Katherine Irvine Bender, Lauretta was the youngest of four children. Lauretta repeated first grade three times and was thought to be mentally retarded, in large part because of her tendency to reverse letters in reading and writing. However, by the time she completed grammar school, any concerns about mental retardation were quelled, since she had proved herself an able student.

Bender began to be interested in the development of language disorders and learning problems, and their causes, when she was in third grade, around the age of eight. Because her handwriting was so poor and her reading was so slow, she was considered by school authorities to be slightly retarded, and they attempted to force her to go back to second grade. Her father, however, prevented this move, as he was aware that Lauretta's reading and writing skills needed support, not punishment.

Education and career

Bender received B.S. and M.A. degrees in biology from the University of Chicago and an M.D. from Iowa State University. She worked at Bellevue Hospital in New York City from 1930 to 1956.

Electroshock therapy on children

While at Bellevue Hospital, Dr. Bender administered electroconvulsive therapy to 100 children, (among them was Ted Chabasinski, now a human rights activist).

Created by: Dr. William McDonald
Record added: Feb 11, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 84848154
Dr Lauretta Bender
Added by: Dr. William McDonald
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Lauretta, it is a privilege to create a memorial page for you. I was especially fascinated to read the volume, "Is There No Place On Earth For Me" which recounted its primary story and location at the psychiatric hospital where you once worked. May you re...(Read more)
- Dr. William McDonald
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