Freda Susanne Reed

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 18 August 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:458

Former forensic psychiatrist Kent (b 1922; q London 1946; DPM, FRCPsych), d 23 February 2005.

In 1947 Freda went out to Nigeria to marry her husband, Ralph, an agricultural officer in the Colonial Service. She plunged into the challenges there, treating women who would not otherwise have had access to medical help. In 1957 she returned to England and Kent and took up psychiatry, studying late into the night while working at Maidstone Child Guidance Clinic. In 1967 she began moving into forensic psychiatry, working at Maidstone prison and then at Canterbury prison and at various borstals and probation hostels. From 1974 until her official retirement in 1987 she was called to prisons, courts, and probation centres across the south east of England. She dealt with the most difficult cases and was frequently called upon to provide expert advice to juries on the sanity of murderers. Predeceased by Ralph and a son, she leaves two children and five grandchildren.

[Tom Reed, Jacquie Reed]


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