Welcome to the History of Psychiatry Special Interest Group
HoPSIG was launched at the College in March 2015.
HoPSIG was created to
Newsletter: News and notes
We hope you enjoy reading News and
Notes. Would you like to edit the
Fiona Subotsky has edited HoPSIG’s first four newsletters, but
unfortunately has had to step down from this role. We are very
grateful to her for getting News and Notes up and running
and producing it to such a high standard.
We would like to appoint a new editor.
There is no formal job description. However, tasks will
- producing 2 (or more) issues a year
- developing an electronic format as well as a PDF
- commissioning articles
- liaising with authors to help them develop their submissions to
a suitable standard.
We are happy to provide support and guidance if you have never
undertaken this sort of work. If you enjoy writing, have excellent
written English and would like to try your hand at editing, please
contact Claire Hilton.
Whistle-blowers: Is it still 'Speak out, and get out'? (part of
RCPsych International Congress 2017)
Date: Tuesday 27 June 2017 (16.45–18.00)
Host: Royal College of Psychiatrists
Venue: Edinburgh International Conference
Edinburgh Congress 2017
Date: 13–16 September 2017
Host: British Society for the History of
Venue: Surgeons' Hall, Edinburgh
Mental Health and War: Then and Now (free event)
Date: Thursday 21 September 2017
Host: Royal College of Nursing
Venue: University of Chester
HoPSIG visit to Glenside Hospital Museum
Date: Thursday 26 October 2017
Venue: Glenside Hospital Museum, Bristol
More information to follow
Date: Tuesday 8 May 2018
Venue: Royal Society of Medicine, London
Eminent speakers, including Kraepelin’s current successor in
More information to follow
Newsletter Essay Prize - winners and runners up
The inaugural HoPSIG Newsletter Essay Prize aimed to encourage
psychiatric trainees and medical students to investigate and write
about the history of psychiatry. Entrants were asked to submit an
article suitable for publication in the newsletter (1000-1500
words). It could be a research project, essay, conference report,
elective report or educational initiative.
We received ten high quality submissions on a wide range of
topics. The judges thoroughly enjoyed reading all the entries,
learnt much from them, and had a very tough time deciding on the
winner and runners up.
Andrew Howe, ‘The creation of the padded room’
Eilis Kempley, 'Drawing the boundary: mescaline hallucinations
Darren Bell, 'From gulags to psychiatric wards'
Send your research queries and ideas to Claire Hilton if you
would like to see them posted here.
Malcolm Kinnear (Murray Royal Hospital, Perth) sent the
I am now Treasurer of the Scottish Society of the
History of Medicine, SSHM, and would like to draw the
group's attention to the fact that the SSHM has funds to support
research in Scottish medical history (the Guthrie Trust) which can
generate awards of up to £2000-£3000 for credible proposals. We
would welcome applications. Further details are on SSHM
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