Monthly Archives: January 2017

Crime and the insanity defence

For centuries the development of psychiatry was shaped by social norms, political climates, and legal frameworks. This block of podcasts examines psychiatry’s relationship with the law, both from a sufferer’s point of… Read more »

Mental Health Nursing

The place of nursing staff in psychiatric care past (and present) remains under-researched. Yet patients’ day-to-day lives were profoundly affected by those in regular contact with them. Until formal training… Read more »

Divisions and Diagnoses

A landmark in the formation of psychiatry came in the middle of the twentieth century. After centuries of sometimes heated disagreements between practitioners, professional associations and non-governmental bodies developed criterion-based… Read more »

The Dawn of Psychiatry

In this week’s podcast, we return to mental medicine, setting out the forces behind the emergence of psychiatry: the rise of asylums, professional associations, research publications, and specialist training. These… Read more »