Elizabeth TyldenBMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b4147 (Published 19 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4147
- Guy Dawkins
Elizabeth Tylden (“Betty”) died on 3 February, aged 91, and was an eminent family psychiatrist often called as an expert witness in child abuse cases and well known for her work with adult survivors of child abuse and people traumatised by religious cults that use mind control techniques.
The daughter of the military historian Major Geoffrey Tylden, Betty was born on 1 August 1917 and brought up in rural South Africa with education by a governess, where her father had been granted a land settlement following service in the Boer war. She returned to Britain for secondary schooling at Godolphin School, Salisbury, and graduated from Girton College, Cambridge. She undertook her pre-registration posts in north London and followed a career path for surgery up to the second world war. She had become interested in psychological trauma during the war, when she worked as a registrar in London under the pioneering psychiatrist William Sargant, dealing with people traumatised by the Blitz and soldiers suffering from “battle exhaustion,” latterly defined as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
In 1946 she married George Morgan, a fellow psychiatrist, and in 1951 she and …