Victor M. Erlich, Ph.D., M.D., is a practicing neurologist and a former professor of English. He obtained a Ph.D. in English Literature in 1975, under the direction of Professor Fred Crews. His thesis, Hamlet’s Absent Father, a psychoanalytic study that challenged Freud’s view of the play, was published by Princeton University Press.
After obtaining tenure at Queens College in New York City, he attended the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, awarded an M.D. in 1985. While serving as a resident in Neurology at New York Hospital, under the superb guidance of Dr. Fred Plum, he wrote Ancient Zionism, published by Free Press. Completing his training in 1989, he moved to Seattle to practice at Northwest Hospital, where he founded the first program in the region for the acute care of stroke.
As a natural outgrowth of his lifelong interest in the creative arts and his commitment to the 2500-year-old art of medicine, he has become particularly interested in a deeper understanding of how the brain functions as an organ of thought and creativity, in health and disease.
While cycling with his son in Kenya in August 2011, he suffered a severe crash, which landed him in hospitals for three months on three continents, with a skull fracture and traumatic brain injury. He is now publishing a book about his arduous recovery, focusing on the mind’s capacity to heal itself by marshaling its innate creative capacities.