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Mind Matters: neuroscience and psychiatry

Medico-Psychological Association

Medal of Robert Percy Smith, President of the Medico-Psychological Association, 1904-5 [College ArchivesTH/PP58]Medal of Robert Percy Smith, President of the Medico-Psychological Association, 1904-5 [College ArchivesTH/PP58]Robert Percy Smith (1853-1941) was a physician in the Bethlem Hospital in the 1880s, where it is quite possible that he was a colleague of Sir George Henry Savage.

The Medico-Psychological Association (founded in 1865) and its principal publication, the Journal of mental science, helped to establish psychiatry as a distinct branch of the medical profession, albeit one that many physicians looked on with barely concealed disdain, particularly as psychiatry did not display the spectacular progress experienced by other branches of medicine during the nineteenth century.

Henry Maudsley shared this sentiment, as is shown by his choosing to become active in the Royal College of Physicians after he fell out with leading members of the Medico-Psychological Association in the 1880s. The Association was the predecessor of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

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