She added, “As my career developed, it was fun; he wore me like a rose in his buttonhole.”

Dr. Lezak labored at clinics and taught psychology at Portland State College (now University) and the University of Portland from 1949 till she started her 19-year tenure on the V.A. hospital in 1966. In 1985, she left to show on the Oregon Health & Science University, the place she was a professor of neurology, neurosurgery and psychiatry till 2005. She lengthy had a personal observe, and she or he continued to see sufferers till a number of years in the past.

As early as 1982, Dr. Lezak sounded an alarm concerning the influence of head accidents incurred by athletes; in 1999 and 2001, she was an writer and researcher of research that discovered cognitive impairment in beginner {and professional} soccer gamers attributable to repeatedly utilizing their heads to hit the ball. She and Erik Matser, a co-author of each research, warned of second-impact syndrome by which a seemingly innocent blow to the pinnacle may cause a critical damage.

“I’d say that anybody under the age of 18 should not be heading,” she informed The New York Times in 2001. “I think there’s some risks you just don’t take, because if you do have damage to the brain, there will be some residuals, and they won’t go away.”

She was additionally an knowledgeable witness in varied authorized instances, together with one in 2011 by which she concluded that Gary Haugen, a twice-convicted assassin who was sitting on dying row in Oregon and needed to be executed, had a “delusional disorder that makes him incompetent to be executed.” Mr. Haugen stated he hadn’t given his permission to make use of the outcomes of Dr. Lezak’s examination as a part of his protection legal professionals’ effort to dam his execution.

Dr. Lezak is survived by her daughters, Anne and Miriam Lezak, and 9 grandchildren. Her son, David, died in 2014. Her husband died in 2006.

In her interview with Dr. Haaland, Dr. Lezak recalled that earlier than her textbook was printed, sufferers with mind issues and dysfunction got a battery of ordinary exams by technicians, who gave the outcomes to a psychologist.

“God forbid the psychologist ever really saw the patient!” she stated. “My book emphasized focusing on the patient and doing what was appropriate for the patient, not the test purveyor.”

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