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Exchanges at the Frontier: Gwen Adshead

I can’t go but there’s an interesting event coming up which readers of this blog may be interested in attending.

‘Exchanges at the Frontier’ returns to Wellcome Collection this autumn with a second series in partnership with the BBC World Service, hosting some of the biggest names in world science. Join A C Grayling, Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London, to test them on the social impact of their discoveries and explore the frontiers of scientific knowledge.

Gwen Adshead is a consultant forensic psychotherapist at Broadmoor Hospital, a high-security psychiatric hospital in Berkshire. Here she oversees some of society’s most problematic personalities, attempting to understand psychotic behaviour and find ways of treating it. She also has a degree in ethics and an interest in the relationship between doctors and their patients. Join her in conversation with A C Grayling to explore what medicine can do for people with personality disorders, and whether hospital is the right place to hold them.

There’s also a tour of Broadmoor Hospital.

Gwen Adshead was on Desert Island Discs recently – well worth a listen

If you go please leave a comment to let me know what I missed.

Update 25 November 2010

Here’s the programme

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  1. Hi – really enjoyed the clarity of your thinking, your ability to wade through received wisdoms and place authority where it belongs, in the enquiry per se, without wearing the hat of this school or that model .. really illuminated the subject matter of why, amongst our human race, will a small percentage find comfort in slaughter .. that reptilian brain thing I suppose .. but true to say that in your capable hands we can draw nearer to the facts and to the truth of our human condition .. thank you so much for inspiring so many I am sure to seek knowledge above all else. All the best. Madelyn

  2. “This house believes that mental illness has been unfairly portrayed in the media, leading to intrusive control by psychiatry in so called *treatment* of individuals who do not pose a risk to the public”