Looking for autobiographies of psychiatrists and psychiatric nurses

À travers trois autobiographies, André Roumieux marque les imaginaires sur le métier d’infirmier psychiatrique dans la France de l’après-guerre.

The publication of autobiographies of psychiatric patients is a genre that has existed since the 19th century and the first wave of anti-asilarism throughout the Western world. These autobiographies are an exciting source for historians and literary scholars. Since the 1960s, this genre has regularly benefited from bibliographical cataloguing, even if this remains mainly limited to English-speaking testimonies. 1

For a research project I am looking for (published) autobiographies of nurses who have worked in psychiatry and psychiatrists. My research has so far been unsuccessful (and very francophone). If you know of others, please put them in the commentary. Thanks in advance.

Autobiographies of nurses

  • André Roumieux, La tisane et la camisole : trente ans de psychiatrie publique, Paris, Lattès, 1981.
  • Jean-Jacques Durand et Alain Laville, Moi, l’infirmier des fous, Paris, Presses de la Cité, 1982.
  • André Roumieux, Ville-Evrard : murs, destins et histoire d’un hôpital psychiatrique, Paris, L’Harmattan, 2008.
  • André Roumieux, Je travaille à l’asile d’aliénés, 2e éd., Paris, Éditions Ivrea, 2009.

Autobiographies of psychiatrists

  • Frantz Adam, Souvenirs et professions de foi du dernier des aliénistes discours prononcé à la séance inaugurale du Congrès, Cahors, Impr. A. Coueslant, 1959.
  • Jean Ayme, Chroniques de la psychiatrie publique: à travers l’histoire d’un syndicat, Ramonville Saint-Agne, Editions Erès, 1995.
  • Irène Baloste-Fouletier et Irène Baloste- Fouletier, Chronique de l’ordre asilaire, Paris, François Maspero, 1973.
  • Henri Baruk, Des hommes comme nous. Mémoires d’un neuropsychiatre, Paris, Laffont, 1977.
  • Pierre Bensoussan, Les Cris du silence: itinéraire d’un psychanalyste, Paris, P. Belfond, 1977.
  • Gaston Ferdière, Les mauvaises fréquentations. Mémoires d’un psychiatre, Paris, J.-C. Simoën, 1978.
  • Jan Foudraine, La folie qu’on enferme : le journal d’un psychiatre, Paris, Flammarion, 1975.
  • Henri Grivois et Philippe Nassif, Grandeur de la folie itinéraire d’un psychiatre iconoclaste, Paris, Robert Laffont, 2012.
  • Gerard Hof, Je ne serai plus psychiatre, Paris, Stock, 1976.
  • Emil Kraepelin et Hanns Hippius, Lebenserinnerungen, Berlin; New York, Springer, 1983.
  • Montagu Lomax, The experiences of an asylum doctor; with suggestions for asylum and lunacy law reform, London, G. Allen & Unwin, ltd, 1921, 266 p.
  • Christian Müller, Erlebte Psychiatrie 1946-1986, Schwabe AG, 2016, 275 p.
  • Max Müller, Erinnerungen. Erlebte Psychiatriegeschichte 1920-1960, Berlin, Springer, 1982.
  • Pierre Pichot, Un siècle de psychiatrie, Le Plessis-Robinson, Sanofi-Synthélabo, 1996.
  • Guillermo Rendueles, El manuscrito encontrado en Ciempozuelos, Fecha de Edicion, 2017.
  • William Walters Sargant, The unquiet mind: the autobiography of a physician in psychological medicine, London, Heinemann, 1967.
  • Frank Schneider, Irgendwie kommt es anders – Psychiater erzählen, Berlin; Heidelberg, Springer, 2012.
  • Paul Sivadon, Psychiatrie et socialités: récit autobiographique et réflexions théoriques d’un psychiatre français, Toulouse, Erès, 1993.
  • Serge Tisseron, Mort de honte: la BD m’a sauvé, Paris, Albin Michel, 2019.
  • J.-A. Vallejo-Nagera, Concerto pour instruments désaccordés. Souvenirs d’un psychiatre, Paris, Cerf, 1984.
  • Lyttleton Forbes Winslow, Recollections of forty years, 1910.
  1. R. Sommer et Humphry Osmond, « Autobiographies of former mental patients », J. Ment. Sci, 1960, vol. 106, p. 648‑662. Robert Sommer, Jennifer S. Clifford, et John C. Norcross, « A Bibliography of Mental Patients’ Autobiographies: An Update and Classification System », American Journal of Psychiatry, 1 septembre 1998, vol. 155, no 9, p. 1261‑1264. []

Benoit Majerus

Since January 2011, I am working as an historian at the University of Luxembourg. I have written my PhD on the occupation of Belgium during World War One and World Two. In 2013 I published a social history of psychiatry in the 20th century from below. I am also co-editor of h-madness.

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About Benoit Majerus

Since January 2011, I am working as an historian at the University of Luxembourg. I have written my PhD on the occupation of Belgium during World War One and World Two. In 2013 I published a social history of psychiatry in the 20th century from below. I am also co-editor of h-madness.

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