Talking About PsychiatryBMJ 1994; 308 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6922.213a (Published 15 January 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:213
- G E Berrios
Despite obvious drawbacks, oral history remains an important source of knowledge. Less guarded and sanitised than the often otiose memoir, the humble interview can often dig out information that is illuminating, devastating, or funny. All of this, and far more, can be found in a charming book edited by Professor Wilkinson, which includes vignettes on the thoughts and lives of six professors of psychiatry, nine generalists, three psychotherapists, and one chief medical officer (but honorary fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists). Several of these interviews originally appeared in the Psychiatric Bulletin.
Most readers will get something out of this book, but naturally the social historian of psychiatry …
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