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History of Psychiatry

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The section on History of Psychiatry is meant to be a forum where psychiatrists and historians debate on international and historical topics about psychiatry.


The Section organises symposia during WPA meetings and serves as a network for research exchange and methodology.


Upon request of other WPA Sections or Components, the Section on History of Psychiatry can provide works that focuses on specific subjects of common interests for psychiatrists worldwide. The Section can also help psychiatrists to gain a historical perspective, and help historians to have a closer look at psychiatric clinical and scientific knowledge.


The section on History of Psychiatry also helps national or sub-regional organisations to edit Anthologies of their local psychiatric literature into English for a wider understanding, as often it has already been published in French (2001), Spanish (2001), Italian (2002), German (2007), Greek (2011), and Russian (2016) Anthologies of Psychiatric Texts.

Section Officers



German Berrios - Chair - History of Psyc

German Berrios

Address: University of Cambridge, Robinson College, 
Grange Road, Robinson College, Grange Road, Cambridge CB3 9AN, 
United Kingdom  
Phone: 44 1223 880752
Fax: 44 1223 505955


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Address: French Association of Psychiatrists in Private Practice (FAPPP) Association Française des Psychiatres d’Exercice Privé (AFPEP), 21 Rue du Terrage, F-75010 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 43 06 57 72

Benoit Majerus


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Address: Centre for Contemporary and Digital History
Université du Luxembourg, Maison des Sciences Humaines 11, Porte des Sciences L-4366 Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg 

Phone: +32 488 24 19 60
Email: /

Jeremie Sinzelle


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Lara Rzesnitzek

Address: Klinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie
Ambulantes Gesundheitszentrum, Campus Charité Mitte, Charitéplatz 1
(Intern: Luisenstraße 13a), 10117 Berlin, Germany

Phone: +49 30 450 550 344
Web address: 

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