A talk about Dracula

‘Dracula and the College of Psychiatrists’ is the title of next month’s President’s lecture at the College in London.

During the year our President invites up to eight speakers to talk to members in London and around the UK, and in February has invited Dr Fiona Subotsky, who wrote ‘Dracula for Doctors’.

Professor Wendy Burn has asked Dr Subotsky to speak, and she will be in conversation with Dr Claire Hilton, the College’s Historian in Residence, at 6.30pm on Wednesday 19 February at our headquarters 21 Prescot St, London.

The lecture will be followed by refreshments and an author’s book signing.

Wendy said: “I hope you’ll be able to join us – it should be an enlightening and thought-provoking evening! Places will be limited to so please book as soon as you can.”

A biography for Dr Subotsky and a synopsis of the lecture is below.

It looks like being a fang-tastic time!

About Dr Fiona Subotsky

Fiona Subotsky is an emeritus consultant child psychiatrist of the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, of which she has been a Medical Director, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, of which she has been Honorary Treasurer, Honorary Archivist, and initiator of the History of Psychiatry Special Interest Group.

She has also been President of the Medical Women’s Federation.

In retirement, when undertaking an MA in Medical History at Birkbeck College, London, she studied both psychiatric themes and the ways they were handled in Victorian literature. This led to her current book ‘Dracula for Doctors’, which explores a new genre – the ‘Medico-Gothic’.

More about the talk

The presentation will take the form of a discussion between Fiona Subotsky, author of ‘Dracula for Doctors’, and Claire Hilton, psychiatrist and Resident Historian at the College.

The topics to be covered will include: the ‘back-story’ – what else led to this interest in gothic literature? Is the bat story true? Bram Stoker and his family – what were their medical connections and how did these connect with the Medico-Psychological Society?

How did ‘Dracula’ and other Victorian novels represent psychiatrists and asylums? Is there a feminist angle? How does Henry Maudsley fit in? And how did the Antiquarian Books of the College help?

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