Conference: ‘Mind, Madness and Melancholia’, Royal Society of Medicine, London

Date: 10th May 2016

Location: Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 0AE

This conference will entertain and educate, exploring mental health through the eyes of the ancient world, and taking a tour through history. It will include highlights by Professor Julian Hughes such as “If only the ancients had DSM 5, all would have been clear.”

Additionally, the well-known author of several books on the history of psychiatry, Professor Andrew Scull, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Science Studies University of California, will be joining us from San Diego.

Professor Glen Most, Professor of Ancient Greek, Scuola Normale, Pisa, Italy and Professor at the Committee on Social Thought Chicago University is another notable speaker.

The aims and objectives for this meeting are to:

  • Understand the way psychiatry was seen through the eyes of the Ancient, Arab and early modern world
  • Understand the development of the specialty of Psychiatry in the context of prevailing culture
  • Explore the history of ideas about mental illness and develop an awareness of our own position in the arc of the history of psychiatry
  • Critically examine the current state and future of psychiatry and its institutions

This event is part of the “Psychiatry in dialogue with neuroscience medicine and society” series and is being held in associated with the Royal College of Psychiatrists History of Psychiatry Special Interest Group.

Visit the Royal Society of Medicine for more details and to register for the event.

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