A blogpost by Phd studentSarah Phelan
Thomas Ferguson Rodger (1907-1978) was first Professor of Psychological Medicine at the University of Glasgow (1948-1973) and consultant psychiatrist at a number of Glasgow hospitals. About a year ago, I tentatively began my investigation into Rodger’s personal papers held by Glasgow University Archives as part of a PhD project which aims to reconstruct Rodger’s somewhat overlooked contribution to the field of twentieth century psychiatry. It is perhaps surprising that this interesting, once prominent figure has been relatively neglected within the history of Scottish psychiatry: his career encompassed- and to a degree shaped- a period of significant change in psychiatric practice as traditional “asylum-based” psychiatry was being replaced by general hospital- and community- based psychiatry.
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