1. The benefits of reading literature Allan Beveridge; 2. Roles for literature in medical education Martyn Evans; 3. Autobiographical narrative and psychiatry Femi Oyebode; 4. Fictional narrative and psychiatry Femi Oyebode; 5. Poetry and psychiatry Femi Oyebode; 6. Letters and psychiatry: the case of Franz Kafka Femi Oyebode; 7. Death and dying in literature John Skelton; 8. Literary and biographical perspectives on substance use Ed Day and Iain Smith; 9. Dementia and literature Christopher A. Vassilas; 10. Portrayal of intellectual disability in fiction Anupama Iyer; 11. Autism in fiction and autobiography Gordon Bates.
This book explores the fruitful relationships between the written word and central aspects of psychiatric practice.
Femi Oyebode is Professor and Head of Department of Psychiatry, University of Birmingham. He has published widely on the relationship between literature and psychiatry. His research interests include descriptive psychopathology and delusional misidentification syndromes. He is also a poet and literary critic.