Murray Archibald Jackson

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 15 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2054
  1. Judy Jackson

After a period as a medical officer in the Australian army of occupation in Japan, Murray Archibald Jackson came to the UK in 1947 to study for the MRCP at the Hammersmith Hospital and then at the Maudsley Hospital for the DPM. He trained as a psychoanalyst and became a fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society. For many years he directed, with the late Professor R Cawley, an acute admission ward at the Maudsley Hospital. His particular interest was the application of psychoanalytical concepts to the treatment and understanding of psychotic illness. He believed that every psychotic patient deserved a psychodynamically oriented assessment interview. He believed that clinical staff could and should be trained to recognize deep anxieties and conflicts in patients, and that the sense of being understood that could result was therapeutic Generations of nurses, psychiatrists, and social workers benefited from watching through a one way screen as Murray interviewed patients, often managing to make sense of very disturbed behaviour.

After retiring from the NHS in 1987, Murray spent many years teaching and leading seminars in all the Scandinavian countries.

He leaves Cynthia, his wife of 54 years; three daughters, one of whom is a GP; and four grandchildren.


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  • Former consultant psychiatrist at the Maudsley and King’s College Hospitals (b 1922; q Sydney University 1945; FRCP, FRCPsych, DPM), died from heart failure on 4 July 2011.

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