Mental Health in Historical Perspective


After spending a few years editing book reviews for History of Psychiatry journal, I realised that there was a need for a new book series.  You see, I am not someone who is on the pulse, on the ball or particularly clued in.  And I am fairly lazy.  So, if I want to find some books on the history of mental health to commission, I don’t want to go all over the place searching as if I were trying to find a picture of myself at a Dr Who convention.  I’d much prefer going to one place and getting what I need there.

Well, that isn’t really possible as a book reviews editor.  One does have to snuffle about for books to review.  But it is now easier with the launch of Mental Health in Historical Perspective, a new book series with Palgrave, edited by myself and Professor Catharine Coleborne of the University of Waikato.  We hope that the series will be the first port of call for anyone looking for monographs or edited volumes in the history of mental health, broadly defined.  The first book we’ll launch is Psychiatry in Communist Europe and we hope many more will follow.  Please do get in touch if you have any other ideas.

Now, I really won’t have an excuse if a book on the history of mental health passes me by…