In Kraepelin’s shadow: Historical and philosophical foundations of contemporary biological psychiatry


Tuesday 8 May 2018


Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
Organised by

Psychiatry Section , RCPsych History of Psychiatry SIG , RCPsych Philosophy SIG


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about this event

No other psychiatrist has had a more decisive impact on the identity and direction of psychiatry than Emil Kraepelin whose long career, detailed observations and lucid writing defined manic depression (bipolar disorder) and dementia praecox (schizophrenia) as the clinical syndromes whose devastating impact on individuals and society have made them the core pre-occupations of biological psychiatry for many generations.

This conference will examine the clinical, historical and philosophical impact of Kraepelin and his successors (Bleuler, the Neo-Kraepelinians, contemporary biological psychiatrists) and highlight the magnitude of his achievement, but also his turn away from subjectivity in his quest for a scientific psychiatry; despite recognising clearly the centrality of “affect” (emotion) in the clinical presentation of his patients.

Keynote speaker

  • Professor Nancy Andreasen former editor of the American Journal of Psychiatry and Andrew H Woods Chair of Psychiatry, University of Iowa, USA.

Other confirmed speakers include

  • Professor Hannah Decker, Department of History, University of Houston, USA
  • Professor Paul Hoff, Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • Professor Norbert Mueller, Munich Center for Neurosciences - Brain & Mind, Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich, Germany
  • Professor Sir Robin Murray, Professor of Psychiatric Medicine, King’s College London
  • Professor Giovanni Stanghellini, Universita Degli Studi G.D'Annunzio, Italy

Annual dinner

The Psychiatry Section annual dinner will take place from 6.30 pm and can be booked Independently of the conference.


RSM members: £70 - £135

Non members: £80 - £195

Annual dinner: £50

*Tickets include tea and coffee and lunch. Following registration you will be contacted appropriately by email with; your booking confirmation, feedback survey and attendance certificate. For full details of the RSM privacy policy, click here. Programme subject to change.


8.30 am

Registration, tea and coffee

9.00 am


Professor George Ikkos, Director, “Psychiatry in Dialogue with Society, Neuroscience and Medicine”, Psychiatry Section, Royal Society of Medicine and Honorary Archivist, Royal College of Psychiatrists

Professor George Ikkos

9.10 am

The evolution of Kraepelin’s psychopathology and nosology

Professor Paul Hoff, Head Psychiatrist and Deputy Medical Director, Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, University of Zurich, Switzerland

9.45 am

Kraepelin, Bleuler: Schizophrenia after Kraepelin

Professor Norbert Müller, Director, Marion von Tessin Memory Center and Professor of Psychiatry, Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich, Germany

10.20 am

Questions and answers

10.30 am

Tea and coffee break

Professor Bill Fulford, Professor of Philosophy and Mental Health, University of Warwick Medical School

10.55 am

Kraepelin’s progeny in the United States: The psychiatrists at Washington University in St Louis

Professor Hannah Decker, Professor of History, University of Houston, USA

11.35 am

Keynote lecture: Kraepelin and contemporary biological psychiatry

Professor Nancy Andreasen, Andrew H Woods Chair of Psychiatry, University of Iowa, USA

12.20 pm

Questions and answers

12.30 pm


Dr Claire Hilton, Old Age Psychiatrist, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

1.30 pm

Kraepelin’s fateful turn away from patient experience

Dr Roz Austin, 'Hearing the Voice' Research Project, University of Durham

2.05 pm

The biology of psychosis and the human environment

Sir Robin Murray, Professor of Psychiatric Medicine, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London

2.40 pm

Questions and answers

2.50 pm

Tea and coffee break

Dr Christos Sideras, Council Member, Psychiatry Section, Royal Society of Medicine

3.20 pm

An odd pair: Kraepelin and Husserl

Professor Giovanni Stanghellini, Professor of Dynamic Psychology, “G. d'Annunzio” University of Chieti, Italy

3.55 pm

Questions and answers

4.00 pm

Panel discussion

All speakers

4.30 pm

Closing remarks

Professor Bill Fulford and Professor George Ikkos

4.40 pm

Close of meeting

4.50 pm

Psychiatry Section Annual General Meeting

6.30 pm

Drinks reception in the Max Rayne Foyer

All welcome

7.00 pm

Annual dinner in the ENT Room

After dinner speech to be given by Professor Douglas Cairns, Professor of Classics, University of Edinburgh

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