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Welcome to the Medical Humanities Network

Welcome to the Glasgow University Medical Humanities Network, supported by the Wellcome Trust. The medical humanities complement, contextualise and critique purely biomedical, technological or other reductive accounts of what it means to experience illness, encounter disease or transact a therapeutic relationship. In addressing how we comprehend health, sickness, disease and “the embodied life”, such concerns are examined from a range of professional and patient perspectives. This website is intended to act as a forum to connect individuals working across a range of disciplines and practices at the University of Glasgow, who are interested in the intersections of medicine, culture, and the arts and humanities. Megan Coyer & Hannah Tweed

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Project: ‘Lonely lost people living in the waste-land’: T. Ferguson Rodger, ‘social psychiatry’, ‘mad dreaming’ and ‘rethinking mental health’

‘Lonely lost people living in the waste-land’: T. Ferguson Rodger, ‘social psychiatry’, ‘mad dreaming’ and ‘rethinking mental health’

This PhD explores the contribution to psychiatry of Thomas Ferguson Rodger (1907–1978), first Professor of Psychological Medicine at the University of Glasgow (1948–1973) and consultant psychiatrist at several Glasgow hospitals. Rodger is a somewhat neglected figure in the history of Scottish psychiatry, yet his career spanned –and in some measure also shaped- an important period of transformation as older “asylum-based” psychiatry was challenged by emergent general hospital- and community-based psychiatry. Rodger’s personal archive, including lecture notes, case notes, correspondence and miscellaneous items, has recently been acquired by the University of Glasgow Archives. This PhD comprises a forensic reading/interpretation of this archive, alongside oral histories with individuals who remember him and his immediate legacy in/beyond the University. Adopting perspectives drawn from the history/geography of psychiatry and medical humanities, the ambition will be to reconstruct Rodger’s life, ideas and practices, set within the changing ‘spaces’ of mid-twentieth century psychiatric medicine.