Dr. Eugene Schoenfeld, known as Dr. HipPocrates , was a popular underground newspaper columnist in the 1960s.
Schoenfeld, Eugene Leonard was born on March 17, 1935 in New York City. Son of Benjamin and Frieda (Fried) Schoenfeld.
AB, University of California, Berkeley, 1955;
Doctor of Medicine, U. Miami, 1961;
Master in Public Health, Yale University, 1964.
Max also suggested the moniker Dr. Hip. Inquiries regarding new health concerns during the Sexual Revolution and the drug culture of the Sixties were the most common, and Dr. Hip's advice was refreshingly straightforward and nonjudgmental. The anti-censorship philosophy that inspired the awakening of an underground press in the 1960's allowed Schoenfeld the freedom to answer those forbidden questions.
His "Dr. Hip" column became a popular source of reliable, common-sense information. Schoenfeld published his column from 1967 to 1973 and again from 1978 to 1979 in the underground, as well as various mainstream newspapers including the Chicago Sun Times, Tampa Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and the San Francisco Examiner. Soon he began publishing books developed from his experiences with the advice column.
Distrustful of establishment sources of any kind, the advice dispensed in the was one of the few sources of medical information the hippie generation would listen to. His books, Dear Dr. HipPocrates, Natural Food and Unnatural Acts, Jealousy: Taming the Green-Eyed Monster, and Dr. Hip's Down-To-Earth Health Guide, had an empowering effect on those people. Dr. Schoenfeld was a pioneering radio personality on Bay Area stations in the 1970's, and subsequent talk show doctors cr him for being a trailblazer.
Schoenfeld has been the primary care physician to several famous individuals, including Timothy Leary, Hunter Thompson, and David Crosby.