Obituaries

Anthony Ward Clare

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39393.543843.BE (Published 15 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1050
  1. Muiris Houston

    Leading psychiatrist and broadcaster who helped demystify psychiatry

    Professor Anthony Clare was a leading psychiatrist, author, and broadcaster. During a career that encompassed clinical and teaching work on both sides of the Irish sea, he is credited with bringing psychiatry out from behind the hospital wall and making psychological medicine accessible to the public. After the publication in 1976 of his seminal book Psychiatry in Dissent, which inspired many young doctors to pursue a career in psychiatry, he became a regular broadcaster and commentator while still training at the Institute of Psychiatry in London. In the Psychiatrist's Chair, the BBC radio 4 series in which Anthony Clare probed the lives of the famous, ran from 1982 until 2001 and is widely acknowledged to have helped demystify psychiatry in Britain.

    Anthony Ward Clare was born in Dublin in 1942. The son of Bernard Clare, a solicitor, and Agnes Dunne, he and his two sisters were brought up in a middle class suburb in the capital. He was educated by the Jesuits at Gonzaga College, where pupils were …

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