Gartnavel Hospital and the ‘Rumpus Room’

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:

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

Gartnavel Hospital and the ‘Rumpus Room’

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Chapter 8 looks at the psychiatric culture of 1950s Glasgow and Laing’s first attempts at applying the principles of social psychiatry to the treatment of people with severe mental disorder. This was a project that he undertook with his Gartnavel colleagues and which came to be known as the ‘Rumpus Room’ experiment. It was to occupy an important place in biographical and self-penned accounts of Laing’s psychiatric development.

Chapter.  13041 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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