The first biography of the much-loved Irish psychiatrist, writer and broadcaster Anthony Clare (1942-2007). Featuring exclusive interviews with Clare’s friends, family and celebrity interviewees, and previously unpublished images from Clare’s life.
.Born in Dublin in 1942, Anthony Clare was the best-known psychiatrist of his generation. His BBC Radio 4 show, In the Psychiatrist's Chair, which ran from 1982 to 2001, brought him international fame and changed the nature of broadcast interviews forever. Among his interviewees are Stephen Fry, Anthony Hopkins, Spike Milligan, Maya Angelou and Jimmy Saville, each of whom yielded to Clare s inimitable gentle yet probing style.
Clare made unique contributions to the demystification and practice of psychiatry, most notably through his classic book Psychiatry in Dissent: Controversial Issues in Thought and Practice (1976).
This book, the first, official biography of this much-loved figure, examines the man behind these achievements: the debater and the doctor, the writer and the broadcaster, the public figure and the family man. The learnings that can be taken from his his life, his career, and his unique, sometimes controversial legacy to our understanding of the mind are discussed. This is the remarkable story of a remarkable person.
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Date of Publication: 11/08/2021