Madness to Mental Illness: A History of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

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RCPsych Publications, 2008 - Medical - 158 pages
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This title presents the history of the College as an organisation, from the creation of the Association of Medical Officers of Asylums and Hospitals for the Insane in 1841, and follows its development through various name changes and the receipt of two Royal Charters, to become the present day College. It also contains an overview of developments in UK psychiatry as a branch of medicine, over the past two centuries, with chapters on development of the sub-specialities and education of nurses and doctors. More specific activities provided by the College are also detailed, such as: research, the journals and book publishing, and the library and information services. This work will contain a collection of photographs. There is no other existing comprehensive history of the College.

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Thomas Bewley was the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and founder of the Institute for the Study of Drug Dependence and a Consult Advisor to the Department of Health and the World Health Organization.

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