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History of Psychiatry

Welcome to the History of Psychiatry Special Interest Group (HoPSIG)

HoPSIG was launched at the College in March 2015.


HoPSIG was created to

  • encourage clinicians to research the history of psychiatry

  • improve our understanding of the subject and its value, including relating to current policy and practice

  • provide a forum for discussion.


Newsletter: News and notes

Upcoming Events

  • Spring Workshop

    ‘So you want to do some history? Taking forward the HoPSIG research agenda’

    Date: Wednesday 14 March 2018, 1.30 - 5 pm

    Venue: Royal College of Psychiatrists, London

    Cost: £5, to cover refreshments


    Event webpage

    Book online


  • Conference

    'In Kraepelin’s shadow: historical and philosophical foundations of contemporary biological psychiatry’

    Date: Tuesday 8 May 2018

    Venue: Royal Society of Medicine, London

    Eminent speakers, including Kraepelin’s current successor in Munich.

    Further information and booking link on RSM website

    This is a joint HoPSIG/RSM event


  • HoPSIG one-day workshop, Glasgow, Autumn 2018

    More information to follow shortly

Newsletter memoir writing competition

Please let us have your memoir of work as a psychiatrist, at any stage of your career, in 1000-1500 words. Photographs welcome!

Email entries to Francis Maunze by 14 February 2018

First prize: £100 voucher of your choice and publication in the newsletter.

With your agreement, all entries will be deposited in the College archive.

HoPSIG Essay comp flyer

Recommended reading

Have you ever wondered what the history of psychiatry has to do with the practice of psychiatry today? Psychiatrist and historian Allan Beveridge discusses it in 'The history of psychiatry: personal reflections'.

Your Research

Send your research queries and ideas to Claire Hilton if you would like to see them posted here.

Other Announcements

Malcolm Kinnear (Murray Royal Hospital, Perth) sent the following information:

I am now Treasurer of the Scottish Society of the History of Medicine, SSHM, and would like to draw the group's attention to the fact that the SSHM has funds to support research in Scottish medical history (the Guthrie Trust) which can generate awards of up to £2000-£3000 for credible proposals. We would welcome applications. Further details are on SSHM website.


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