Stephen Fry: 'Choose psychiatry'
Hundreds of medical students attended a
college event this month to hear Stephen Fry tell them: “Choose
Stephen, who supported the college’s
#ChoosePsychiatry campaign last autumn, told students in
London, “Physical health is important but nowhere near as exciting
as the science of cognition and consciousness.”
And he urged the students at Barts and The
London Medical School: “The brightest and the best minds must join
the fight against mental illness.”
Stephen – hailed by our President Professor
Wendy Burn as a national treasure – was speaking at an event called
Psychiatry: Brain, Mind and Body in the 21st century,
which also included excellent talks on neuroscience.
Professor Ania Korszun set the scene with a
talk which advocated psychiatry’s role at the centre of medicine
and medical care.
Dr Gareth Cuttle spoke about the exciting
future which beckons for tomorrow’s psychiatrists, thanks to
advances in neuroscience and our improved understanding of the
relationship between mental health and the brain.
Then Dr Derek Tracy gave a lively talk about
the evolution of the human mind, which had students learning and
laughing in equal measure.
After Stephen Fry’s brilliant speech, he
joined a panel discussion.
The event followed a successful National
Student Psychiatry Conference in January in Brighton.