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Perrin L. French

Clinical Faculty
Palo Alto University
United States of America


Perrin L. French, M.D., received his undergraduate degree in English Literature from Harvard University, and his M.D. from Johns Hopkins University Medical School in Baltimore, Maryland. He completed a rotating internship in Medicine, Psychiatry and Neurology at Mount Zion Hospital, San Francisco. He continued his psychiatric training at two Harvard Medical School teaching services: McLean Hospital, Belmont MA (inpatient), and Beth Israel Hospital, Brookline MA (outpatient). During his residency he was awarded Harvard’s Paul M. Howard Prize for skill in humane patient treatment. After completing training in Maryland and Massachusetts, Dr. French returned to the San Francisco Bay area, where he entered into private practice, and in 1985 began full time work at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Hospital.

Research Interest



  • French PL (1984) Preventative medicine for nuclear war. Psychol Today.

  • French PL (1984) The physician as nuclear war educator. N Engl J Med 310: 1397-1398.

  • French PL, Van Hoom J (1986) Half a nation saw nuclear war and nobody blinked? A reassessment of the impact of The Day After in terms of a theoretical chain of causality. Int J Ment Health 15: 276-297.

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