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CARSTAIRS, G. M.

This Island Now....

The B.B.C. Reith Lectures 1962.

Availability: In stock

Published: London The Hogarth Press, 1963

Stock Code: 126856

£125
OR On display in 100 Fulham Road

Notes

First edition, first impression. With a compliments slip from the publisher and the author loosely inserted. Carstairs used his Reith Lecture to analyse social changes that have taken place over the century, including changes to sexual morality, the role of women, and the prevalence of violence and mental illness. His condoning of pre-marital sex from such a respected and prominent public platform led to considerable public furore, and his lectures have been seen by some as an important portent of the upcoming cultural changes of the sixties.
George Morrison Carstairs (1916-1991), psychiatrist and anthropologist, served as first head of the Medical Research Council, 1960-71, and as president of the World Mental Health Organisation 1968-72. Carstairs "must have known how much outrage the forthright opinions he expressed in his Reith lectures of 1962 would generate" (ODNB), but operated with integrity throughout his life, opposing the anti-psychiatrists in the 1970s, and refusing to run for the position of president of the newly established Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1971, a post which he might well have won.

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Description

Octavo. Original blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt. With the dust jacket.

Condition

Gift inscription to front free endpaper. A good copy in the dust jacket, lightly chipped and toned, front flap fold splitting.

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