A contrarian’s view of psychiatry

Rebecca E Adams
Med J Aust 2012; 196 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.10428
Published online: 18 June 2012

GORDON PARKER describes himself as a “contrarian”. He admits that he’s difficult, combative, impatient with received wisdoms in psychiatry that he thinks don’t work, and dogged — even aggressive — in tackling problems, clinical and conceptual. And it’s clear in this intellectual autobiography that these personal qualities, combined with his enormous energy and brilliance, have been central to his enormous contributions to the field. Professor of Psychiatry at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, for 25 years; a leading and prolific researcher; and founder of the Black Dog Institute, which offers specialist expertise in mood disorders in Australia; Parker’s contributions to psychiatry are extraordinary, and he is an international leader in the field. But he didn’t get there without a fight.

  • Consultant Psychiatrist, Perth Clinic, Perth, WA



remove_circle_outline Delete Author
add_circle_outline Add Author

Do you have any competing interests to declare? *

I/we agree to assign copyright to the Medical Journal of Australia and agree to the Conditions of publication *
I/we agree to the Terms of use of the Medical Journal of Australia *
Email me when people comment on this article

Online responses are no longer available. Please refer to our instructions for authors page for more information.