Obituaries

Philip Snaith

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7438.527-f (Published 26 February 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:527

Former senior lecturer in psychiatry Leeds (b 1933; q Guy's Hospital, London, 1957; MD, FRCPsych), d 28 November 2003.


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Philip Snaith was appointed consultant psychiatrist in Wakefield in 1967. He was appointed senior lecturer in Leeds in 1976 and worked at St James's Hospital, with special interests in anxiety disorders, psychosurgery, and gender dysphoria, retiring in 1997. He developed the Irritability, Depression and Anxiety Scale (IDA) and Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HAD). The HAD has been translated into more than 20 languages. He developed and taught anxiety control training, applying it to treat many anxious patients. Clinical Neurosis was published in 1981 and 1991, and Anxiety in Clinical Practice in 1988. He leaves three children and four stepchildren.

[Andrew Sims]

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