Thomas Freeman

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 15 June 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1458

Psychiatrist whose work on psychoses won him a substantial international following

Thomas Freeman produced case studies that are models unsurpassed in contemporary times and are of lasting value. His 1958 book Chronic Schizophrenia, written with John L Cameron and Andrew McGhie, became a classic that still commands attention. His abiding interest was in the psychology of the psychoses, whether of the so-called “functional” or organic type, and his close investigations of the individual patient were in the best traditions of ideographic study.

After qualifying, Thomas Freeman joined the army and served in Norway, France, Holland, and Germany. He trained as a parachutist and saw service with the airborne forces. Discharged in 1946, he trained in psychoanalysis with Dorothy Burlingham, a close …

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