HUGH FREEMAN, 1930-2011
Obituaries have just been published of the psychiatrist and historian, Hugh Freeman, who died on the 4th May at the age of 81.
Freeman will probably be best known to list members as one of the founders of the journal, History of Psychiatry and the editor of a number of essay collections on the history of psychiatry in Britain. These include the two volume, 150 Years of British Psychiatry (London: Gaskell/Athlone, 1991 and 1996) edited with German Berrios; A Century of Psychiatry, (London: Mosby-Wolfe, 1999), and Psychiatric Cultures Compared: Psychiatry and Mental Health Care in the Twentieth Century (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2005) edited with Marijke Gijswijt-Hofstra, Harry Oosterhuis and Joost Vijselaar.
After retiring as consultant psychiatrist to Salford Health Authority, Freeman was engaged in large scale history of psychiatric policy in post war Britain under the supervision of John Pickstone. Parts of this work have been published including:
‘Mental Health: Policy and Practice in the NHS’, Journal of Mental Health 7.3 (1998): 225-39.
‘Mental Health Services in an English County Borough before 1974’, Medical History 28 (1984): 111-28.
The Times obituary was published on the 16 June but is only available to subscribers. The Guardian obituary is open access here.
Dr Rhodri Hayward
School of History
Queen Mary, University of London
LONDON E1 4NS