John Deryk Pollitt

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 09 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1393

Psychiatrist who made major contributions to our understanding of depression

John Pollitt was the epitome of the London teaching hospital psychiatrist. His research drew attention to the wide variety of precipitants for depressive illness and the wide range of clinical pictures of the illness, which, he maintained, were not a product of the precipitant but a product of the individual patient's basic personality.

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He wrote one of the first monographs on depression (Depression, Heinemann, 1965), and later a Textbook of Psychological Medicine for Students (Churchill). He …

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