King of the media shrink pack?BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7040.1234 (Published 11 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1234
- Pritpal S Tamber
At 32 Raj Persaud is one of Britain's youngest consultant psychiatrists, has eight degrees and diplomas including a master's in philosophy, a master's in statistics, and a first in psychology, and is the “king of the media shrink pack” according to the Independent on Sunday.
Since 1990 Dr Persaud's media interests have escalated from an occasional article in the Guardian to a weekly column in the Daily Mail, a weekly slot on Talk Radio, and weekly appearances on Granada's This Morning. As well as all this he occasionally writes for the Times and is asked for comment by Radio 4's Today programme and All In The Mind and the BBC World Service. When he's not monopolising psychiatry in the media he's a consultant at the Bethlem Royal and Maudsley Hospitals, south London.
His passion for psychiatry is relentless. He's keen to emphasise the need for a broad training. And when he says broad he means broad. At 17 he enrolled at University College London full of expectations. Rapidly disillusioned by the rigid structure of a medical degree …