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Portrait of the psychiatrist as a young man 1927–1960

Allan Beveridge

in Portrait of the Psychiatrist as a Young Man

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Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199583577
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754685 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199583577.003.0011

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

Portrait of the psychiatrist as a young man 1927–1960

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The first chapter of the book sketches Laing’s early life. Although this has been covered in previous biographies, Laing’s private papers help to expand and, in some instances, modify the received narrative of his life story. Thereafter, the book is divided into a theoretical and a clinical section. In the initial theoretical section we look at Laing’s immersion in the world of ideas and literature. Laing roamed widely across different intellectual disciplines and held that knowledge derived from individual fields was interconnected. Thus dividing Laing’s intellectual activities into chapters dealing with distinct subjects such as psychiatric theory, philosophy, religion, and the arts, is somewhat artificial, but it is also necessary in order to provide a structured and coherent account of his thought. What unites these different areas is that Laing considered that each of them made a vital contribution to understanding madness.

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Subjects: Psychiatry

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