Podcast Series

Please be advised these podcasts contain language, which may cause offence, and descriptions of medical procedures and experiences, which some listeners may find upsetting.

1. What can history teach us about psychiatry?

1.1 Psychiatry and its subject

1.2 An historian’s approach to psychiatry: the aims of the series

2. How were mental problems identified and described in the past?

2.1 Melancholy and mania: the main classifications

2.2 Mind and body

2.3 Describing and identifying mental problems: lay and legal language

2.4 Madness, witchcraft, and religion

3. How have ideas about the causes of mental problems changed over time?

3.1 From humours to nerves

3.2 Brain and body

3.3 Freud and the psyche

4. How have therapies for mental ailments changed over time?

4.1 Holistic and ‘heroic’ remedies

4.2 ‘Moral therapy’ and the origins of psychological treatment

4.3 Surgery and early drug treatments

4.4 The pharmacological revolution

5. Where were the mentally troubled looked after before there were public asylums?

5.1 Domestic care and parish poor relief

5.2 Private madhouses

5.3 Domestic or institutional options

5.4 The familiarity of madness

6. How bad was Bedlam (Bethlem Hospital)?

6.1 Bedlam part 1: a corrupt freak show?

6.2 Bedlam part 2: cruelty or cure?

7, How do we account for the rise and decline of asylums?

7.1 Numbers

7.2 Roots and routes

7.3 Changing attitudes to asylums

7.4 Foucault and anti-psychiatry

8. What were the origins of the psychiatric profession?

8.1 Modern mental medicine

8.2 Medical practitioners and practice in the past

8.3 The dawn of psychiatry

8.4 Divisions and diagnoses

8.5 Mental health nursing

9. What was the relationship between psychiatry and the law?

9.1 Crime and the insanity defence

9.2 Civil law and mental incapacity

9.3 Doctor and patient: anti-psychiatry revisited

10. How has psychiatry been portrayed in mass media?

10.1 Drama and novels

10.2 Newspapers and printed images

10.3 Film

10.4 Madness and creativity

11. How was suicide understood in the past?

11.1 Hidden from history

11.2 Patterns of suicide in the past: some surprises

11.3 The mind of the suicide and the attitudes of relatives and friends

12. Has the incidence of mental illness changed over time?

12.1 New diagnoses or new ailments?

12.2 Changes in science and society

12.3 New demographics

13, Reprise: the lessons of history

13.1 Historians and scientists

13.2 Policy and its context

13.3 ‘Caring for people’ or caring about people?