Max Fink Digital Collection


The Max Fink Papers at Special Collections and University Archives, Stony Brook University Libraries document the extraordinary career of psychiatrist and neurologist Max Fink, MD. The first release of the Max Fink Digital Collection includes nearly 7,000 items that comprise 20,000 pages of original manuscripts, research notes, correspondence, and visual materials from the archive. 

Max Fink, MD is a world leading expert and defender of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). His studies of ECT began at Hillside Hospital in 1952, and he has published broadly on predictors of outcome in ECT, effects of seizures on (electroencephalogram) EEG and speech, hypotheses of the mode of action, and how to achieve an effective treatment. In 1979, he published what medical historian Edward Shorter and internationally recognized psychiatrist David Healy called the “definitive medical text on electroconvulsive shock.”

The scope of the online collection is unpublished and published works authored by Dr. Fink including his notes on experiential psychiatry in the 1950s, outgoing letters to colleagues, professional writings, and an autobiographical memoir completed in 2017. More items from the archival collection will be digitized in the future.

Searching the Digital Collection

Content in the digital collection can be searched and retrieved in several ways.

Keyword: the digitized content is fully keyword searchable. Proper names, subjects, and words can be entered in the search bar. Placing quotes before and after search terms will refine the results.

Browse Items: clicking on this left menu heading will yield a complete “Browse All” list with thumbnails of every individual item in the digital collection. The list can be further sorted by clicking on “title,” “creator,” or “date added.” An advanced, refined search within “Browse Items” can be performed by clicking on the “Search Items” tab.

Browse Collections: clicking on this left menu heading will yield four categories of works: “Biographical Files,” “Research Files and Unpublished Works,” “Published Works,” and “Correspondence.”