Laing at the Southern General Hospital

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

Laing at the Southern General Hospital

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Chapter 10 examines Laing’s time as a senior registrar at Glasgow’s Southern General Hospital. We are particularly fortunate in having access to the records of the psychiatric case conferences that were held regularly in the Department of Psychological Medicine. They report the verbatim statements of staff as they discuss individual case presentations. We are able to place Laing in his immediate professional context and see how much he resembled or differed from his peers in his approach to psychiatry. We also meet the patient who was to become ‘Peter’ in The Divided Self and the young boy who became ‘Phillip’ in Wisdom, Madness and Folly. At the Southern General Hospital, Laing made his early forays into group psychotherapy and was guided by the principles laid down by Wilfred Bion and Henry Ezriel.

Chapter.  11467 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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