ENGLISH MADNESS

After working as a full-time consultant psychiatrist in the NHS for over twenty years, Philip Thomas left clinical practice in 2004 to write. He has published over 100 scholarly papers, and works in alliance with survivors of psychiatry, service users and community groups, nationally and internationally. He is one of the founder members of and a former co-chair of the Critical Psychiatry Network. His first book, Dialectics of Schizophrenia was published by Free Association books in 1997, and he has co-authored two other books, Voices of Reason Voices of Insanity with Ivan Leudar, and most recently Postpsychiatry, with Pat Bracken. His fourth book, Psychiatry in Context  was published in 2014 by PCCS Books.  Until recently he was professor of philosophy, diversity and mental health in the University of Central Lancashire, and  an honorary visiting professor in the Department of Social Sciences and Humanities in the University of Bradford. He is currently working on a part-autobiographical collection of stories about madness, meaning and culture.
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March 5, 2012

A scientific revolution transformed medical care in the second half of the twentieth century. Developments in molecular biology, genetics and other fields resulted in new insights into many diseases, and from this, more effective treatments. More recently this revolution, which …
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February 8, 2012

Some years ago the BBC asked me to take part in a phone-in on Radio 4 about hearing voices. The programme was to take place immediately after the broadcast of a play about hearing voices written by Sara Maitland, a …
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