Dennis Gath

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 26 May 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1273

Psychiatrist who carried out important studies on postnatal depression and community care

In 1996 the BMJ organised an exhibition of photographs of leading British doctors at the National Portrait Gallery. The title of the exhibition, With Head and Heart and Hand, indicated that these were doctors who combined intellectual rigour, clinical skill, and compassion. Psychiatry was represented by Dennis Gath. The photograph showed him on a bridge in Oxford, appropriately symbolic of his achievements in linking psychiatry with the other specialties of medicine, and medicine with the other faculties of the university.

Dennis Gath joined the newly established Oxford University department of psychiatry in 1969, remaining there until his retirement in 1996. He carried out a systematic series of studies of the relationship between physical conditions and psychological disorders. At that time, most studies of this relationship had been inconclusive or misleading because of limitations of design and method. Dennis Gath introduced reliable methods of …

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