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Psychoanalysis in the public sphere, 1968–88
Richard Bates

psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott, who used series of 1940s BBC broadcasts to address the psychical effects of World War II on children, especially evacuees and those living apart from their parents. 2 France’s relationship with radio was transformed by the country’s experience of World War II. In the 1930s, the main attractions of French broadcasting were music and drama; coverage of news and current affairs was generally disappointing, especially on the somewhat ponderous public networks. 3 Vichy’s public radio, though it became

in Psychoanalysis and the family in twentieth-century France
Ian Kennedy, oversight and accountability in the 1980s
Duncan Wilson

academic lawyer Ian Kennedy. Since the late 1960s, Kennedy has written on medical definitions of death and mental illness, euthanasia, the doctor–patient relationship and the rights of AIDS patients. In line with the ‘hands-off’ approach of lawyers, Kennedy’s early work stressed that decisions should rest solely with the medical profession; but this stance changed after he encountered bioethics during a spell in the United States. In 1980 Kennedy used the prestigious BBC Reith Lectures to endorse the approach that he explicitly labelled ‘bioethics’, critiquing

in The making of British bioethics
Open Access (free)
Duncan Wilson

Baroness Warnock automatically gives moral authority to what are entirely immoral viewpoints’.15 Warnock’s views were seen as highly significant not for their rightness or wrongness, then, but more for the weight they carried thanks to her ‘moral authority’. We must not presume that this authority derived solely from her status as a member of the ‘Great and Good’ either, for other bioethicists are also regarded as highprofile and authoritative figures. In 1982 the BBC chose Jonathan Glover to present a Horizon programme on genetic engineering and enhancement, entitled

in The making of British bioethics
Professional politics and public education in Britain, 1870–1970
Author: Vicky Long

Challenging the assumption that the stigma attached to mental illness stems from public ignorance and irresponsible media coverage, this book examines mental healthcare workers’ efforts to educate the public in Britain between 1870 and 1970. It covers a period which saw the polarisation of madness and sanity give way to a belief that mental health and illness formed a continuum, and in which segregative care within the asylum began to be displaced by the policy of community care. The book argues that the representations of mental illness conveyed by psychiatrists, nurses and social workers were by-products of professional aspirations, economic motivations and perceptions of the public, sensitive to shifting social and political currents. Sharing the stigma of their patients, many healthcare workers sought to enhance the prestige of psychiatry by emphasising its ability to cure acute and minor mental disorder. However, this strategy exacerbated the stigma attached to severe and enduring mental health problems. Indeed, healthcare workers occasionally fuelled the stereotype of the violent, chronically-ill male patient in an attempt to protect their own interests. Drawing on service users’ observations, the book contends that current campaigns, which conflate diverse experiences under the label mental illness, risk trivialising the difficulties facing people who live with severe and enduring mental disturbance, and fail to address the political, economic and social factors which fuel discrimination.

Healthcare professionals and the BBC
Vicky Long

6 ‘THE PUBLIC MUST BE WOOED AND ENTICED WITH ENTERTAINMENT AND BUNS’: HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS AND THE BBC ’ Anti-­stigma campaigners frequently suggest that irresponsible broadcasting and newspaper coverage fuels stereotypes of the dangerous madman – a perception which Chapter 4 sought to nuance. This chapter develops these ideas, examining the role played by healthcare professionals in the production of BBC programming on mental health issues in the mid-­twentieth century. The BBC’s ethos of public service broadcasting enabled healthcare workers to secure a

in Destigmatising mental illness?
Vaccine scares, statesmanship and the media
Andrea Stöckl and Anna Smajdor

influence of the media on the swine flu epidemic and the HPV vaccination. 10 Newspaper distribution and readership has been researched extensively and we thus follow the analysis of Shona Hilton and team who have researched the readership of British newspapers by age and social class. 11 We also examine the role that the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) played in these debates. Before doing so, we wanted to situate these debates in a

in The politics of vaccination
Stories of nursing, gender, violence and mental illness in British asylums, 1914-30
Vicky Long

nurses to establish themselves as a professional group with specialised expertise and an ethical concern for those they cared for. Indeed, the scandal generated by the NAWU about women nursing male asylum patients, and the subsequent scandal about abuses suffered by ex-service patients at the hands of male attendants, both created the impression that asylums were brutish places, perhaps perpetuating stigma in the public mind and the media about mental illness and asylum treatment. When asked by the government to promote mental nursing in 1942, for example, the BBC

in Mental health nursing
Open Access (free)
Teaching ‘relaxed living’ in post-war Britain
Ayesha Nathoo

integral part of BBC radio broadcasting from its inception in the interwar years. 16 Unlike printed sources, radio could utilise vocal qualities, and relaxation proponents featured regularly on programmes such as Woman’s Hour – a ‘daily programme of music, advice, and entertainment for the home’, which started in 1946 on what was then BBC Light (the precursor to BBC Radio 2). Antenatal care was one of the first and most central forums for incorporating relaxation teachings in Britain, and a number of radio relaxation

in Balancing the self
The era of patient safety
Neil Wigglesworth

23 May 2017). 5 F. Walsh, ‘Antibiotics resistance “as big a risk as terrorism” – medical chief’, BBC News,, 11 Mar 2013. 6 For further information, see (accessed 11 May 2020). 7 M. Monaco, T. Giani, M. Raffone et al. , ‘Colistin resistance superimposed to endemic carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae: a rapidly evolving problem in Italy, November 2013 to April 2014’, Eurosurveillance , 42 (2014), www

in Germs and governance
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Krista Maglen

an expert on HIV declared in an interview with the BBC in 2004, ‘[N]one of the countries that have introduced compulsory testing have halted their epidemics, and most have seen rapid increases’. 3 Rather, he and other critics of screening suggested that there ought to be a greater investment in existing public health programmes within Britain.4 Leading the rhetoric in current discussions about tuberculosis in Britain has been the idea that immigrants, or the ‘non-UK-born’, are predominantly responsible for the recent rise in incidents of the disease particularly in

in The English System