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History of Psychiatry in Britain and Ireland since 1500

New series of free podcasts on the history of British psychiatry since 1500, by Professor Rab Houston of the University of St Andrews

He has recorded a series of podcasts on the History of Psychiatry in Britain and Ireland since 1500, which went live at 1500 BST on Tuesday 19 July 2016. The series is available free of charge and without registration. Episodes are downloadable. The podcasts will be a valuable aid to education about mental health, but they also have considerable general interest for anyone who wants to know more about changing understandings of mental disorders.



You can view the website now if you wish. The series comprises 44 podcasts of between 8 and 16 minutes each, which will be released on the website and on Soundcloud each week. The podcasts are grouped around 13 big questions or topics in the history of psychiatry; you can find these and the titles of individual podcasts on the website, along with some brief suggestions for both background and further reading.

Each week we shall be releasing a brief summary of the latest podcast along with a link to the audio stream.

The podcasts will be supported by our social media presence on Facebook and Twitter, where you can comment and leave feedback on the series.

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He is planning a follow-up series about the experience of madness, called ‘The Voice of the Mad’, which explores the experience of sufferers and those close to them, through personal accounts. This series will begin in the spring of 2017: details to follow.

If you there is something else you’d really like to see changed or added to the series once it has concluded, do please email him directly.

There will be a questionnaire assessing the series and any impact it might have made, available on the website after the final podcast has been broadcast.