Former senior lecturer in psychiatry Leeds (b 1 May 1933; q Guy’s Hospital,
London, 1957; MD, FRCPsych), d 28 November 2003.
Dr Philip Snaith was appointed consultant psychiatrist in Wakefield
in 1967. He was appointed senior lecturer in Leeds in 1976 and worked at
St James’s Hospital, with special interests in anxiety disorders, psychosurgery,
and gender dysphoria, retiring in 1997.
From his research in psychometry he developed the Irritability, Depression
and Anxiety Scale (IDA) and Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HAD).
The HAD has been translated into more than 20 languages and is in use worldwide.
Philip Snaith developed anxiety control training, teaching this to a
succession of psychiatric trainees and applying it to treat many anxious
patients. Clinical Neurosis was published in 1981 and 1991, and
Anxiety in Clinical Practice in 1988.
Dr Snaith introduced many psychiatric trainees to research and publication.
He served on the editorial board and was associate editor of the British
Journal of Psychiatry. He had a long term interest in medical history
and helped to establish the museum of psychiatric history in Wakefield.
He leaves two sons and a daughter, and two stepsons and two stepdaughters.