Charles Menninger was the patriarch of a family of physicians and psychiatrists, and this feast day is unusual in including the whole family as Christians worthy of emulation. Charles founded the Menninger Hospitals and Foundation with his sons Karl and Will. Karl was notable for his holistic approach to brain and behavioral disorders, including the spiritual aspect. William is known for his use of bibliotherapy, his service in World War II as director of the Psychiatry Consultants Division for the Surgeon General of the Army, where he developed a reclassification system of mental illnesses, which greatly influenced the postwar Diagnostic and Statistical Manuals used today. At retirement he was a Brigadier General.

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