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Madness to Mental Illness: A History of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Thomas Bewley


Price: £35.00

College members' price: £31.50

Published: Jul 2008

Format: Hardback

Number of pages: 158

ISBN: 9781904671350

Madness to Mental Illness: A History of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

This readable text presents the long-awaited first comprehensive history of the Royal College of Psychiatrists as an organisation, from its creation as the Association of Medical Officers of Asylums and Hospitals for the Insane in 1841, its development through various name changes and the receipt of two charters, to become the present Royal College as we know it today.

As a former President of the College from 1984-7, Dr Bewley also gives an overview of the fascinating developments in British psychiatry and its sub-specialties over the past two centuries. Further, more specific activities are also detailed, such as the formation of the research unit, the College publishing programme of journals and books, and the growth in facilities now provided including the library and information service.

The book contains a collection of photographs in a glossy centre section.


"Dr Bewley has written a well-structured account that will be of interest to all those working in psychiatry and the related professions."

Journal of Public Mental Health

   

"The title, and especially the sub-title, of this book does not do it justice. Detailed and fascinating ... a most enjoyable, beautifully written book."

Retired Fellows Society Newsletter (Royal Society of Medicine)

   

 

 

 

"The online material is fascinating, and some highly entertaining. Having the archive online allows the book to flow easily so that it is a joy to read. The work, a fund of information, is beautifully produced, elegant and neat. Buy it."

Irish Psychiatrist

 

 

"Although this book has been written for psychiatrists there is much in it that should be of interest to all those who are involved in any way with people with mental ill health. ...The moral from this book is that society must care better for all those disadvantaged by mental disorders."

Prof Sheila Hollins, RCPsych President 2005-08

   

 

 


Related Online Archives

Additional material was gathered by the author during the writing of this book that was not published in the final print version. This consists of some biographies, reference material and papers which expand on many of the accounts in the book, giving much greater detail.  

 

These documents are presented in an electronic format in our Madness to Mental Illness: A History of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Online Archives


Contents

Introduction

1. Historical background 1780–1840
2. Association of Medical Officers of Asylums and Hospitals for the Insane 1841–1865
3. The Medico–Psychological Association - The early years (1866–1900)
4. The Medico–Psychological Association- The later years (1901–1925)
5. The Royal Medico–Psychological Association 1926–1967
6. The Royal Medico–Psychological Association 1968–1972
7. The Royal College of Psychiatrists 1972–2005
8. Treasurers and finances of the College and its antecedents 1841–2001
9. Development of specialties
10. Association and College research and the College Research Unit
11. Education and training of nurses
12. Doctors and medical students – education, training and examination
13. Journals and other College publications
14. The library and information service
15. Premises

Epilogue

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